Cared for by Volunteer
The village of Hanley Swan offers the perfect setting for the good life.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside and incredible views of the Malvern Hills, Hanley Swan is an idyllic place to live for all ages. This traditional English village has a beautiful well-kept pond, a village green with a magnificent oak tree, a vibrant pub and a well-stocked village store to support the local community.
This small village in the English county of Worcestershire lies in the Malvern Hills district, between the towns of Malvern (two miles [3.2 km] away) Upton-upon-Severn (approximately three miles [5 km] away) and The Three Counties Show Ground, which hosts many events throughout the year.
The main focus of this website is primarily focused on the amazing people who over the years have volunteered their time to maintain our beautiful pond, which is the centre of this lovely village. Neil Verlander and Brian Robinson both organised huge projects during their tenure as Pond Warden which helped enormously to maintain this beautiful feature of our village. Both Neil and Brian have since passed away, but their legacy very much remains part of the history of Hanley Swan Pond.
Brian Robinson’s mammoth task was to line the pond with clay that helped reduce the regularity of the pond drying up. In 2009 Neil Verlander brought his vision and commitment to this voluntary position and helped reclaim and secure the bank, clear the surrounding area and once again highlighted what can be achieved when people come together and give their time voluntarily for their community.
Today, NICK HARPER who initially volunteered with Neil and Gigi Verlander took over as POND WARDEN in 2019, the year Neil sadly passed away. In 2022 Nicks’s vision and organisational skills helped him tackle another mammoth project to ensure the longevity of our village pond. We thank everyone who gives their time voluntarily to help maintain our beautiful pond.
Read the last Pond Project
Catch up on the Pond Projects here