It’s elderflower time. Here is a tried and tested recipe for elderflower champagne, a bubbly, lightly alcoholic beverage with the delicate aroma and flavour of muscat grapes.Continue reading “Elderflower champagne”
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.
Mail from Ian Bushell:Continue reading “A Stroll in the Park”
The public consultation on planning application 20/00379/OUT has been extended until Friday March 13th.
Over the weekend Wiltshire Council’s phones and website went down and with them all the links we had put into our posts about Planning Application 20/00379/OUT . Wiltshire Council has fixed the problem and all the links should work now.
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.
Keys were found in the park yesterday.
Just two new species of birds were seen in the park this year:
Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) seen by Dave Galliers on 03/05/19
and Coot (Fulica atra) seen by Ian Bushell on 31/3/19
Header picture: meadow pipit, taken in the park by DKG
Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day.Continue reading
This morning, somebody clicked a button and became our 800th follower. Welcome, whoever you are!
First, pick your sloes; there are plenty in the park. Some recipes insist that you shouldn’t do this until after the first frost which is believed to sweeten the sloes but we don’t think it’s essential.Continue reading “Sloe Gin”
DON’T FORGET THAT THERE WILL BE FARM MACHINERY WORKING IN THE PARK TODAY; STAY SAFE.
Mail from Clive to Ian:
“ On my afternoon walk, I spotted these two butterflies in Village Green. I thought the first one is a Painted Lady and the second Holly Blue but I leave it to your better knowledge.“
Mail from Ian to Clive:
“ Yes, I’ll go along with both of those – Painted Lady and a Holly Blue.”
Ragged robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi) growing next to the little tributary stream, between the Decorated Bridge and the Dog Pond.Continue reading “Ragged robin”
As well as local names for the species that live in and visit the park, we use scientific names. It looks a bit geeky but there is a reason.Continue reading “Scientific names”
A message from a park user:
” Hi, I was walking back Friday evening when I saw the teenagers that were doing it. There was a group of mixed aged teenagers 2 boys were destroying the one side and another 2 trying to jump on the south side. They had a cable tied to the panels and tried pulling them off with their push bike. They stopped when I started to approach them. I rang 101 and the police came straight out and went to inspect. The police saw them and they ran off. I gave a statement that night but unfortunately no body was caught.”
Thanks; our community police will probably know who they are. Lets hope we can put a stop to this.
Tuesday 16th April was the date of the final session of public hearings on the Wiltshire Housing Site Allocation Plan Examination; it was held at the Civic Centre in Trowbridge.Continue reading “WHSAP hearings finished”
Pictures from Ian Bushell of the snake’s head fritillaries in The Race and the wood anemones in the copse at the bottom of Sheepfield.
Yesterday, somebody clicked a button somewhere on the website and became our 700th follower. Welcome, whoever you are.