Snowy morning

by Simon Knight

It was lovely to see the covering of snow on Sunday morning. It never fails to bring back those childhood memories of excited anticipation about getting out outside and playing in it, but maybe that’s just me! I got over to the park at around 8:30am, and although the light was dull, it was lovely to see the park covered in a blanket of white. 

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Snow in the park

by Chris Seymour and Ossie Jones

Header picture by Chris Seymour

A warning

A message from a reader:

Apparently there is this guy trying to steal people’s dogs; it is doing the rounds on Facebook groups in Trowbridge. He is asking the dog’s breed and then waiting for them to get back to the car park to steal them. The people he is approaching are older and on their own.
My aunt walks her dog in the park and I would hate to think someone approached her in the park and stole her dog. It would be awful! Could you warn people this is happening?
Thanks x

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Motorbike update (2.00pm)

This is the damage in Village Green, caused by what is obviously a child’s motorbike. This is an area where the Friends of Southwick Country Park have focused on increasing biodiversity, encouraging vetches, vetchlings and tares as food plants for the caterpillars of increasingly rare butterflies. We have also planted Fritillaria meleagris corms in this area.

Do you know the parents of the child or children who are riding motorbikes around Village Green?


Update 5.00pm

More pictures, from a member of FoSCP, of the damage to Village Green and Cornfield, taken late this afternoon.

Please: no motorbikes

There have been reports of motorbikes being ridden in the park’s fields. The tyre tracks are mostly in Corn Field, Kestrel Field and Lambrok Meadow and seem to show that the bikes enter and leave by the bridge into Lambrok Close. The only motorised vehicles allowed in the park are those maintenance vehicles authorised by Wiltshire Council, and mobility vehicles.

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On the fifth day of Christmas…..

…we are foregoing the five gold rings and sending you, instead, five of Clive Knight’s pictures of the park’s Christmas floodwaters.

DKG

We are saddened to announce the loss of DKG, our gifted in-house photographer; David Keith Galliers died peacefully at home after a short illness.

We will miss his dry sense of humour, his kindness and his hard-working enthusiasm for the park, which he recorded for us in all its seasons and moods. His obsession with early morning light has left us some truly unforgettable images.

Our heartfelt condolences go to his family.

More handbrake turns

These are photographs taken last weekend, early on Sunday morning. Whoever it is who is churning up our car park does it on Saturday night; if you know him or her please ask them to stop. Please tell them that our poor car park’s surface is not tarmac, it is rolled planings, and will not last long under such treatment.

Thank you.

The last work party before lockdown

Yesterday was FoSCP’s last work party in the park until after this period of lockdown ends. If all goes well, we will next meet on Wednesday, 9th December.
Park users, if you see that there is something to be fixed or damage to be mended, please contact us and we will do our best.

Another month’s lockdown.

All non-essential services closed, reduced travel, households no longer able to meet indoors or in their gardens: this is the new lockdown.

Updated 10.45am

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 Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act of 1953

After yesterday’s post about dog attacks on a neighbouring farmer’s sheep, we were told of dogs chasing the horses in the field beyond the stile at Puddle Corner. If your dog chases livestock, you are committing an offence; read on for a précis of the Dogs (protection of Livestock) Act of 1953.

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Feedback

During lockdown, we noticed more families walking in the park: excited children and their parents, and sometimes grandparents, all eager to get out of the house and take their permitted exercise in our springtime park. As lockdown has eased, the families have stayed; all summer, there have been socially distanced picnickers under the trees and home-schooled children racing wildly through the fields and woods, sometimes with our downloadable activity sheets in their hands.

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Litter Pickers Inc.

Newspapers, online and off, have been bombarding us with headlines like this one from the Guardian:

Littering epidemic in England

We would just like to say: Not in our park, there isn’t; our park is pristine. Our park goers pick up their litter (and often other people’s litter as well) and put it in the bins.

Thank you.

Pictures by DKG

Wasp woodwork

Wasps have stripped wood from the fence  in the picnic area, leaving light-coloured lines on the weathered grey boards. All British social wasps make their nests out of paper and they make the paper out of wood fibres and saliva.

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Resurfacing the car park

You may have noticed the enormous heap of road-planings that spent a while in the far corner of the car park taking up several parking spaces.

Last week they were used to resurface the main car park, to establish a paved track through the bottom of the Arboretum where the rubbish lorry turns, and to fill some of our muddiest patches.

The car park had to be closed for a few days because the weather was too hot for the planings to harden properly. Thank you for your patience.

Hopefully, the new surface will see us safely through the coming winter.

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