We are the Local Environment Group for the area around Prestwood in Buckinghamshire, including Great Missenden,
The Hampdens, The Kingshills, North Dean and Speen

Our Aims

We aim to protect and enhance the quality of the natural environment through the involvement of local people.

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Protecting Our Environment Registered charity No. 1114685

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Prestwood Nature The Local Environment Group for the Prestwood Area

Sheepwash Pond

Sheepwash Pond is an ancient pond on the old Prestwood Commons that was used as a watering place for animals on their way to market.    It is situated on Honor End Lane,  about a quarter of a mile from the centre of Prestwood.

The Sheepwash project was started in the autumn of 2007 following a site review and assessment for the restoration of this historic local pond. Funds were granted by the Chiltern Conservation Board and Great Missenden Parish Council to undertake the work for the initial restoration of the pond. Following this the pond was planted with native species by Prestwood Nature and local residents.

During 2008, phase two of the project saw the planting of a native mixed hedge, construction of a dipping platform and laying of a wood chip path leading to it to provide better access to the water edge.

The pond has been successful in that it holds water all year round, providing an aquatic habitat for newts, frogs, invertebrates and birds.  These in turn provide educational pond dipping activities for local groups of children. Overall the biodiversity on the site has improved significantly over the dark muddy pool that previously summed up the site and can be seen in the photographs on this page.

Regular activities at the site now concern the ongoing maintenance required; trimming of the hedge to level with the fence, picking up litter on a regular basis, weeding of the path, replacing wood-chip, checking bird and bat boxes and removing excess vegetation from the margins of the pond. More relaxing activities are the recording of sightings of insects, birds, bats, amphibians and plants which are as important if we are to understand our local environment and be able to preserve or improve it.

Circa 1930

Sheepwash pond, as it was circa 1930

Sheepwash 2007

Before restoration, 2007

After restoration, before re-planting 2008

Sheepwash 2008

Further information:   Natural history records for Sheepwash 2009            Sheepwash restoration plan

Sheepwash restoration report

These activities are generally being done by several volunteers, Prestwood Nature members, local residents (many unknown) and Chiltern Society volunteers. It really is a shining example of a great community project.