We are not out of the woods yet. The latest coronavirus figures for Wiltshire are not encouraging and scientists now believe that airborne transmission is playing a big part in the disease’s spread.Continue reading “Social distancing”
Somewhere between fifty and sixty teenagers gathered in the park, under the Lone Oak, yesterday evening, to celebrate somebody’s fifteenth birthday. It’s hard to imagine how such an event could not have ended badly.Continue reading
We have been sent pictures this afternoon of newly damaged goat willow trees in Sleepers Field. Who is doing this?
Who is it spending their lockdown time climbing into our trees with a sharp blade? If you know anything about this, please report it.
UPDATE: On closer inspection this looks as if it may be squirrel damage. We apologise to the Village Green Vandals for jumping to conclusions. We have sent the photographs to our Tree Officer.
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There has been a lot of petty vandalism and antisocial behaviour in the park recently and we need your help to make it stop.Continue reading “Anti social behaviour”
Who burned all the ash poles in the wood at the top of Village Green?Continue reading “Who burned the ash poles?”
by David Feather
It is Oak Apple Day on Friday 29th MayContinue reading “Oak Apple Day”
This is a red-and-black froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata) photographed in the park yesterday by Ian Bushell. There are ten different species of froghopper in the UK and while the red-and-black froghopper is not the most common, it is widespread.Continue reading “Froghopper”
Lyrids meteor shower
The Lyrids Meteor Shower will peak tonight between midnight and dawn.Continue reading
1Air pollution levels are falling all over the world. In some UK cities, air pollution has fallen by almost 70 per cent. Daily carbon dioxide emissions have fallen by almost 60 per cent across the EU since the coronavirus pandemic began. Is here going to be an upside to this lockdown, after all?
ΩContinue reading “Looking on the bright side”
Please don’t park across the entrance road.
The car park is closed but the emergency services and the people who feed the animals at Hope Nature Centre will still need access.
Behind the public face of our website, are pages of data and analysis that include information about how many people access the site, where they access it from, and what they look at.Continue reading “Lockdown”
But SCP is still open.
A message from the Countryside Team:
Is the park open? Yes, I would think it still can be open but access will be on foot and people will need to walk to it from their home address and once there, would need to apply the social distance of two meters. They shouldn’t be meeting up with people from outside their own place of residence and should be taking only one walk a day.
If everybody sticks to the guidelines, then I see no reason why Southwick Country Park has to be closed at present. Obviously if the government advice changes then we will need to take what ever action they recommend.
Go safely and look after yourselves.
There are traffic cones across the entrance to the main car park. Neither the Friends nor their Countryside Officer know who put them there or if they mean that the park is closed. We are making enquiries and will keep you informed. In the meantime, let’s assume that the park is closed.
Is it safe to be outside?
The media is full of advice about how to avoid the coronavirus disease COVID-19; there are lists of things to do and even more lists of things not to do. It has been a lot more difficult to find information about the safety (or otherwise) of a walk in the park.Continue reading “Coronavirus”
by David Feather
Why do we feel so much better after an hour or two in the Country Park?Continue reading “Every Breath We Take”
Simon Tesler of Southwick Court has written a letter of objection to planning application 20/00379/OUT.Continue reading “Objection letter to 20/00379/OUT”
Mail from Simon Tesler at Southwick Court:Continue reading “Objections to application 20/00379/OUT”
This is a screenshot taken from the Environment Agency’s Flood Map; it shows the risk of Lambrok Stream flooding. We have dropped a yellow marker at the place where the access road to the planned development of 180 houses (planning application 20/00379/OUT) is intended to cross the Lambrok.Continue reading “Flood Map”
The public consultation on planning application 20/00379/OUT has been extended.Continue reading “20/00379/OUT public consultation extended”
Ecology survey and assessment report
Planning application 20/00379/OUT’s Ecology Survey and Assessment Report has been arbitrarily divided into six separate documents. This makes it very difficult to read, particularly as the contents page is in the first document and thereafter there are no page numbers. Stick at it, though; we have found it as interesting for its omissions as it is for its findingsContinue reading “More on Application 20/00379/OUT”
Simon Tesler writes:
I’m the owner of the historic II* listed property of Southwick Court itself.He continues:
The button below will take you to Wiltshire Council’s Planning Policy page; the first item on the page is Wiltshire Housing Site Allocation Plan – Inspector’s report. There are two documents: Inspector’s Report and Appendix 1 – Schedule of Main Modifications.