Pittville Pump Room

Our Pump Room Action Group aims to improve the visitor experience at Pittville Pump Room, encouraging and supporting The Cheltenham Trust. We carried out a survey in summer 2018, producing a report, The Visitor Experience at Pittville Pump Room which was submitted to the Trust. We plan to repeat the exercise this year. Our longer term vision for the Pump Room can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpXvwRTIbH0&feature=youtu.be

If you are interested in joining the team please contact us through the contact form on this website.

The Rock Garden

In 2017, Cheltenham Borough Council and Friends of Pittville commissioned Illman Young Landscape Design to advise on improving the landscape between the Upper Lake and Pittville Pump Room.  The area has been broken down into the following zones:

  1. The Rock Garden
  2. The South Lake shrubberies
  3. The Pump Room approaches and frontage
  4. The Eastern Border

Work began on the Rock Garden on 6 December 2018 and will continue for at least  six months. It will be carried out by Friends of Pittville Green Space Volunteers and contractors hired by the Borough Council. Click to read the Illman Young Report, with the details of the Rock Garden plans on pages 2-5 .

The four projects are included in the 10 Year Management Plan and may take up to ten years to complete. They will be jointly managed and funded by the Borough Council and Friends of Pittville, which will seek grant funding for specific elements in due course.

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

Friends of Pittville, in partnership with Cheltenham Borough Council, has 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 since March 2015 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 dispenser is managed on a day-to-day basis by a local charity, St Vincent’s and St George’s Association. Friends of Pittville volunteers manage it on weekends, Christmas and New Year, Easter and Bank Holidays. The lessons we have learned have been turned into Hints and Tips for anyone considering a similar enterprise (revised November 2018).

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.