The Hanley Swan Pond Community Project was an inspiration and a huge success.
The village of Hanley Swan came together in 2009 to bring this fantastic community project to fruition. The driving inspiration was Neil Verlander who has lived in the village since 1988 with his partner Gigi Field. They worked tirelessly with help from other volunteers to complete the clearing of the surrounding area and the rebuilding of the pond bank, all within 6 months. With no funding, everyone gave their time for free and showed how ‘the value of giving back’ to a community can really work – it has been a huge success and very rewarding for everyone.
Huge thanks to Francis Harcombe the local farmer, Will Hall, and his Worcester Pay Back Team, The village Cafe Market for their donation for the Duck Houses, Picnic Benches, various plants and grass seed, and to the people of Malvern for donating the Malvern stone needed to build the bank – 70 ton in total! Enormous thanks to Neil and Gigi for their hard work and dedication and for making this project the success that it was.
Neil and Gigi have continued to work since 2009 and in 2016 Nick and Alison Harper, also from the village offered their help and joined the ‘Pond Possie’. In 2017 this team were given some funding from the Parish Council to replace and renew some fencing which was completed in April 2017 and the Cafe Market donated £150 for trees and shrubs were planted up ready for spring.
Everyone gives their time for free to ensure that work continues on a monthly basis to keep the pond in good order and as the main attraction for this beautiful village.
The Hanley Swan Community Project Slide Show