Text and Voicemail

FoSCP now has a phone number for text and voicemail.

0774708798

Use it to report litter, things broken or damaged, and abandoned or dumped; the phone will be checked daily by one of our volunteers.

Continue to report antisocial behaviour to the police; their contact details are in the menu.

Christmas Market

The Friends of Southwick Country Park will be manning a stall at Hope Nature Centre’s Christmas Market this evening. It begins at 6.00pm; come and look us up.

Sunny Snow Branches Pine Cones

WHSAP – report submitted

Today, FoSCP submitted the report of their objections to the Schedule of Changes to the Wiltshire Housing Site Allocation plan. The plan proposes that land at Church Lane, Upper Studley and Southwick Court should be made available for development; we believe that development  at these sites will damage the ecology of Lambrok Stream and subsequently the ecology of the park.

Read on for the details:

An American Visitor

With every new post, we get an immediate and mysterious visitor from the USA. It could be a bot in Silicon Valley, crawling through our site, mining our data for Google’s next attempt at world domination; it could be the NSA checking the FoSCP for terrorist leanings or the US Forest Service looking for eco-tips.

We would like it to be a West Wilts exile, homesick for the Southwick of the 60s, or the grandchild of a Wiltshire girl who left the village after WW2 as a GI bride.

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We know it is probably our service host checking us out but if it isn’t and you know who our faithful American visitor is, or you are that American visitor, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you; there is a comment box below, a contact form and an email address in the main menu.

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Pond at sunset by Elena Aschiopoaiei. Thank you, Elena, for such an atmospheric picture.

A letter from a park user

Dear friendsofscp,

I am on your mailing list and during the summer I visit the park with my husband and dog a minimum of 5 days a week. Sometimes every day. Not sure what will happen during the winter as days get shorter and work gets in the way.

Read on:

Criminal damage

The bench by the decorated bridge has been damaged and will probably have to be replaced. One of the supports has been snapped right off. There is no sign of rot in the wood; it must have taken considerable force to achieve. A bench like this one, and its installation, costs £500.

Can you help?

The bin in the picnic area has been mended by FoSCP volunteers and our Countryside Officer. Unfortunately the missing part to the gate latch has not been found; whoever took it must have brought their own spanner because the bolts that attached it have been unscrewed. Somebody apparently came equipped to steal half a gate latch….

Damage in the picnic area

The waste bin in the picnic area has been pushed over and the catch on the gate broken. Hopefully, with a lot of manpower and effort, we can right the bin; a new bin in a concrete base is very expensive.

pinic area damage

Half of the gate latch has been thrown or carried away. If anybody sees it, please pick it up and report it to FoSCP; use the contact details here on the website. If we have the other half, we can mend it.

We know that the huge majority of the park’s users are careful and considerate, that it is a small minority who damage things. Please report any vandalism that you see.

FoSCP.

A message from a park user:

” I wonder if you might be able to post an appeal on my behalf for my stepson’s lost sunglasses. Lost in the park along the path between the main entrance and the litter bin at the end of Lambrok Meadow. They’re black Oakeys with green logos and blue lenses. Lost today around 6:00pm. I’d be most grateful. Thank you”

If you have found the sunglasses, contact us and we will put you in touch with their owner.

 

‘Path’ by Neave Duggan (aged 12)

 

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