Feeding ducks and other wildfowl: a coin-operated dispenser for healthy feed

Friends of Pittville, in partnership with Cheltenham Borough Council, have installed a coin-operated dispenser on the Upper Lake in Pittville Park. This dispenses food which is suitable for wildfowl such as ducks and swans. The project has been running for two years and was evaluated in January 2017. There have been hiccups along the way but, overall, we believe it is worth continuing to offer this service. The lessons we have learned have been turned into ‘Hints and Tips’ for anyone considering a similar enterprise.

New play area for Pittville Park

During 2016 we worked closely with Cheltenham Borough Council to create the new play area in Pittville Park. The play area has received much positive feedback. Our successful fundraising meant that the full plan for the play area was implemented in one go.

Green Flag and Green Heritage status for Pittville Park

Friends of Pittville played a major role in supporting Cheltenham Borough Council’s successful application for Green Flag status and Green Heritage Site accreditation for Pittville Park, which was awarded in July 2016.

The Green Flag award for parks and other green spaces is similar to the Blue Flag for beaches, while Green Heritage Site accreditation is given to sites of local or national historic importance. Judges look at the extent to which applicants:

• understand the heritage value of the site
• acknowledge the heritage value of the site
• share the heritage value of the site
• conserve, enhance and help people enjoy the heritage value of the site.

Pittville is the only park in Gloucestershire to have earned this prestigious award.

Pittville Gates

Civic Award plaque

Our project to refurbish Pittville Gates earned a Civic Award from Cheltenham Civic Society in April 2016.