This is a Brief history of the “Friends of coy Pond” and how and why we came about and a brief history of the Pond and Gardens
FRIENDS OF COY PONDThe group known as Friends of Coy Pond was formed in September 1998. It works together with the Borough of Poole, to enhance the area. In the near future the Friends plan to varnish the seats, to paint the railings, and restore the rockery to its former glory. This is Just the start! Coy Pond and the Bourne Stream must be cared for, so that we can pass them to the next generation to treasure and preserve.THEBOURNESTREAM“Bourne” is an alternative word for “small river”.This little stream, which has given its name to neighbouring Bournemouth, now starts its life in Poole. lt is likely that at one time the stream rose in the Corfe Hills, west of Broadstone. Falls in sea levels over thousands of years, however, have affected the flow of water over the whole area.
Wild Fowl and Other Inhabitants
Coy Pond has a large variety of Wild Life, Both
Equatic and Feathered Verieties.
We have;Koi CarpBrown TroutTerapinsWater Voles and Snakes in abundance if you are willing to wait, it is amazing what can be seen.In our Avian Assortment we have;King FishersMuscovy DucksTufted DucksEuropean WigeonWagtailsBarn Owlsand some times the odd Goose and herons our Most strange Duck was the Fulvous Whistling Duck which was a visitor in February 2010 for several weeks before dissapearing.
Saving The Island
In 2016 the council contacted the friends of coy pond with the news that there was a sum of monies that could be spent on the coypond area.After consultation with the council and local people it was decided to spend the monies on re-enforcing the soil around the island as it had become unstable over the years due to erosion and to repair the paths along the rockery.Cain Bio-Engineering offered a soft engineering design and build solution, to provide long-term protection to the riverbank, incorporating bio-engineering techniques. The post and geotextile technique used allows for vegetation growth to create a stable vegetated bank sensitive to the local ecology.Restricted site access required the bulk of the work to be undertaken by hand, whilst using a boat and pontoon to deliver materials to the island. Chestnut posts were driven into the bed along the line of the original bank with geotextiles installed behind. Back fill behind the revetment with gravel provides protection against burrowing animals such as the invasive North American signal crayfish, wildfowl and wave erosion. The final revetment has a good structural integrity and native planting by our site operatives will promote vegetation growth into the future further binding the bank together and providing a natural appearance.
Fetes - Fun Days
Over the Years we have held many events
Hog Roasts, Summer and Spring Fetes and recently our picnic in the Park Events which have been assisted by “Living Outdoor“ who have provided a Barbeque for the visitors to enjoy.We are looking forward to Putting on more events in the future and hope to get more and more people to attend these events
The Victorian era arrived, and with it came a succession of cold winters. These winters brought a most enjoyable time for both young and old.Coy Pond was a sheet of thick ice. and many an hour was spent skating on the pond. Some people came on foot and others arrived with their pony and trap.
SInce The Begining of 2017, the Ground Crew and Friends of Coy Pond, have been working towards getting the rockery back to its original state, to this end we are now meeting weekly to attack the rockery and remove the overgrowth of plants and weeds in an attempt to clear the ground so that we can start replanting.We have had great success so far this year and have made great inroads into the rockery we have cleared the first third of the rockery starting at the southern end near the mini roundaboutwe have already planted at least 160 plants and have un earthed several metres of rockery which was buried under the overgrowth.