Submitted by Steve on 14:11, 6th Jul, 2018 | 0

Grounds at the GSPCA have been transformed over recent years and this week the GSPCA team of volunteers and groups that support our work have been busier than usual.

Yesterday we hosted the Floral Guernsey Judges Rae Beckwith and Alan Dorey who were visiting the site to see the work we carry out on our grounds for the community and conservation.

Over the last few years St Andrews Floral Group have helped transform and lead many transformations at the GSPCA with the support of many others and yesterday we got the chance to show case all of the amazing work that has been undertaken, going on and plans for the future.

Since the last Floral awards we have had so many volunteers helping such as staff from Aon to Northern Trust, St Martins Primary School planting and filling hanging baskets, Grow filling window boxes and hanging baskets, Guernsey Bee Keepers have set up their apiary on site, the Work to Benefit team helping with multiple areas and especially our Memorial Garden and this week we have had the Pollinator Project in helping plant around site and students from Elizabeth College undertaking a huge amount to prepare for the judges arrival yesterday.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “It was wonderful to show Floral Guernsey Judges Rae and Alan around yesterday to show them the work we are doing to help the environment not only to help the flora and fauna but also in educating the public and creating community areas at the GSPCA.”

“It has been wonderful over the last few years to be working so closely with St Andrews Floral Group that have helped us transform the grounds by bring more groups together and the funds needed to achieve what we have today.”

“From our ponds which are now lined to the Poison Garden, the pond dipping area to the willow dome and hedges, the Guernsey Bee Keepers apiary on site to RSPB nest and bat boxes, our Memorial Garden to the hanging baskets by St Martin’s Primary School and Grow, the Pollinator Project Patch to the herb garden to help feed the animals in our care and the list goes on of those we can thank for all of their support.”

“Many of the projects would not have ever happened had it not been for Stephen Walters and his Work to Benefit team who we cannot thank and praise enough.”

“Also so many companies from Aon to Northern Trust, Oak Trust Guernsey to the Travel Corporation, Aurigny to Norden Life and Pension Insurance not to mention all of those that have donated to all of the projects at the GSPCA.”

“From the baby birds in the boxes to the bees buzzing aroundthe site, the GSPCA grounds are alive with wildlife not to mention the 500+ animals in our care.”

“At the GSPCA we strive for a better tomorrow not just animals in Guernsey but for the community and the island we live, by working together with so many wonderful individuals, companies and groups.”

“A special thanks has to go the lads from Elizabeth College who have been stars helping us prepare for the Floral Guernsey Judges Rae and Alan and to Steve Le Sauvage one of the Work to Benefit team for all he has done.”

“Thank you also to Floral Guernsey Judges Rae and Alan for making the time to visit us.”

“We are always looking for gardening volunteers that want to help around the grounds and if you can spare some time each week or once a month please do get in touch with us at the GSPCA.”

GSPCA - Memorial Garden sponsorship opportunities

A new garden has being designed to be complementary to the new Chapel of Rest. This peaceful and private area will give those who have lost their pets an area to reflect and say their farewells to their friends where ashes can be scattered in the central heart.  It will be accessed from the new stone curved steps or the path on the upper level which is designed for those with mobility difficulties. The Zen garden will set the scene leading to the area protected by fencing and hedging to give privacy during this stressful time and keep intrusive noise to a minimum. This will be a place for quiet reflexion and enjoyment of the scents of the plants, such as Lavender, specifically chosen for their healing properties, highlighting the importance of nature. The woodland area will provide a peaceful area with seating and the water feature will add a calming influence. Our hope is that when they will leave the garden, visitors will feel strengthened and renewed. The border at the front has shrubs carefully chosen in jewel colours to lift the spirits. Substantial progress has been made so far We are indebted to the CEPS team and other volunteers who have made all this possible. Some areas have already been planted and this has made a huge difference and gives a snapshot of things to come.

SPONSORSHIP Opportunities or help donate towards this project and help us help bereaved pet owners

We would welcome sponsorship for the following to complete the garden as well as CSR teams and individuals to help with the digging / planting on site for the new layout.

Some of the items we are appealing for to help with area are:

  • 3 Hardwood Benches £400 each. Total £1200
  • 6 Specimen trees for large planters £50 each. Total £300
  • 3 Tree ferns £100 each. Total £300
  • 1 Memorial granite heart with inscription for centre-piece. Total £400
  • 50 Additional plants for shade and sensory garden area £10 each. Total £500
  • 4 Tonne bags of stone dust for access path £45 each. Total £180
  • 6 Sleepers for landscaping £30 each. Total £180
  • Felt for roof of Chapel of Rest. Total £70
  • Flooring for Chapel of Rest. Total £130
  • Inner Walls & Paint for Chapel of Rest. Total £250
  • Lighting, heating & electrics for the Chapel of Rest. Total £500
  • Altar and furniture for the Chapel of Rest. Total £500

TOTAL £4510

To donate to these much needed project please visit - or for more information and to volunteer to help please email [email protected] or call 257261 for more details to get involved.

If your business or group would like to help us at the GSPCA we have lots of other possible jobs to help out at the GSPCA and to see just some ideas –

  • Painting aviaries/rabbit runs/stable (where possible we do ask for donations to help with paint and rollers/brushes etc.)
  • Painting Buildings  (where possible we do ask for donations to help with paint and rollers/brushes etc.)
  • Gardening / landscaping / weeding (we are always in need of additional tools if possible to help)
  • Help with our memorial garden and chapel of rest  (we do need additional tools, plants, hardcore and sleepers to help)
  • Putting in steps to our pond  (we are in need of additional tools, plants, hardcore and sleepers to help)
  • Building a cage over our pond dipping pond (we have this but will need a team to do - possibly half to full day)
  • Helping in the charity shop
  • Helping sort out and clean some donated aviaries and cages (likely a full day for 4 or more people)
  • General Animal Care
  • Helping with Admin / Reception
  • Help wash and clean Shelter vehicles
  • Cleaning signage and windows around site
  • Cleaning gutters/drains around site
  • Pressure washing outside areas
  • Cleaning out our deep pond
  • If staff have a skill set and can offer training to our team this is always much appreciated
  • Helping deep clean areas
  • Helping gut out, clean, tidy and sort storage areas
  • Building a large poultry run (likely to take more than a day and we do need posts, mesh and concrete)
  • Build an additional tortoise run (likely to take more than a day and we do need posts, wood, mesh and concrete)
  • Lay new floor in bird room & build aviary pens in bird room (we do need flooring, wood and mesh)
  • Redo our disabled toilet area (we do need new bathroom items, baby change, signage)
  • Welding and fixing our barriers
  • Supply and build extra outside rabbit/guinea pig runs 
  • Supply and build safety porches to some aviaries
  • Dig out and build a sleeper wall near our tortoise run (will take much more than a week of a team doing and we do need sleepers and supplies)
  • Running a cake sale/holding an event at the Shelter
  • Taking a stall with games/goods out into the community if a location can be found
  • Help run guided tour events
  • Running a fund raiser
  • Sponsored walk or event
  • Helping run an event for kids/schools

Please do get in touch if you think you can help with these or the many other jobs and projects we have at the GSPCA.

To find out about our Going, Going, Gone Wild conservation project, Memorial Garden & Poison Garden projects with St Andrews Floral Group please visit -

To find out how your business could help us at the GSPCA

To donate to the animals in our care please visit - 

To become an Angel Pen Pal Sponsor to sponsor the hoglets and support our work please visit -

To see our Wish List on our website please visit -

For other fund raising ideas and ways to support please visit -

To see the opening hours at the GSPCA please visit –

To see our upcoming guided tours please visit -

If you would like to help at one of our upcoming events or book a table at our Ball please give Michelle a call on 257261 or email [email protected]

Our next Volunteer Induction Evening is on Friday 27th July and for details

To visit the details on the Urgent Kennel Floor Appeal please visit -


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