Pool Meadow is a unique and ancient area of natural beauty and tranquility that runs alongside the stream along Worcester Road, close to the site of an associated Ancient Monument where a Norman Castle once stood. The pool, which was drained many years ago, was an artificial pond created to supply the castle with fresh fish . You can read more about the history of this in the links below:
Local community conservation group The Green Gym undertake clearance works on the paths in pool meadow. You can read more about this and their other amazing efforts in the link below.
The Town Council have recently set up a Pool Meadow steering group to make plans to ensure that it reaches its full potential in terms of accessibility and biodiversity. In June 2022 the Council agreed to have a feasibility study undertaken by Beaumont Rivers Ltd. This study will focus on protecting and improving the biodiversity and access of Pool Meadow; preserve and highlight the heritage of the area; as well as improve the flood risk to downstream communities. The interim report from this study can be viewed here:
Pool Meadow can be accessed through a track behind the dog exercise area a New Street Recreation Ground, or by taking the lane on the left before the entrance to St Mary’s Church on Church Street.