A GROUP of volunteers who save over £ 17,000 a year to the BCP Council have been honored for their efforts by a national charity.
The Friends of Coy Pond, one of Poole’s oldest Friends groups formed in 1998, received the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom’s “Outstanding” award for the third year in a row.
The RHS estimates that the group saves the BCP Council more than £ 17,000 each year by voluntarily maintaining the ponds at Bournemouth Upper Gardens and Poole’s Coy Pond Gardens.
Group spokesman Wayne Hancock said: “Our two ambitions are to create an attractive area for visitors and locals and to create a refuge for wildlife, birds, bees, butterflies and other insects in planting appropriate flowers and shrubs.
“In 2017, a team of new volunteers joined the existing small group of gardeners at Coy Pond, who were doing their best with the big box. Other enthusiastic gardeners have swelled the ranks and we are now about 25 with about 12 to 15 participants on Tuesday morning.
The group maintains the 550-foot rockery in Poole’s Coy Pond Gardens, the longest on the south coast, and its surrounding green spaces.
In 2018, the group applied for funding to build a Japanese-style bridge at the eastern end of the rockery to make the restored area more accessible. The request was accepted and the bridge was built a year later.
The Friends of Coy Pond do not receive any financial assistance from the Council, existing on donations and assistance from local businesses.
Councilor Mark Anderson, Environment, Cleanup and Waste Portfolio Holder, said: “We really appreciate the fantastic work the Friends of Coy Pond is doing to nurture their area, which shows a brilliant community spirit. ”
Almost all the plants in the rock garden were donated by gardeners and locals. The free land used by the group is provided by ECO Sustainable Solutions Ltd.
Visit friendsofcoypond.co.uk for more information.