Hundreds turn out for special NHS parkrun in SCP

Last Saturday Southwick Country parkrun  celebrated the 70th anniversary of the NHS. Hundreds of runners took part, many of them in fancy dress. This is Cathy Warner photographed by Martin Pearce (flickr credit: dungey2002) and FoSCP is willing to bet real spending money she's not in fancy dress; she's running in her work clothes. Well... Continue Reading →

Reasons to scoop poop: £1,000

This is the fourth and last of our spring campaign lectures about scooping poop in the park. Scooping poop may save you a £1,000. Southwick Country Park belongs to Wiltshire Council. It is categorised as an open space to which the public have access. Therefore, despite its being rented out for agricultural use, it comes... Continue Reading →

During the few snowy days at the end of the winter, Chris Seymour sent in a series of photographs he took at dawn. A local artist, Anne Lynch, has turned one of them into a painting; thank you for sharing it with us, Anne.     Click for more of Chris's work         

Subject: Thank You!

Sent: 21 May 2018 21:16:38 .  .   . To: friendsofscp@outlook.com .  .   . Dear Friends of Southwick Country Park, I was out in the park just recently taking our two dogs for their daily walk, when I was fortunate enough to encounter a group of Friends together with a nice lady from the Wiltshire Council... Continue Reading →

Vandalism fatally damages SCP trees

The vandals are back. Last night we got this message from DKG: "Just returned from a walk around the park with Chris S. Unfortunately the vandals are back. Four trees have been ring barked in the copse in Village Green, the same area where we had trouble last year. If it was children they knew... Continue Reading →

Reasons to scoop poop: no. 3

Most bio-degradable poo bags are not really bio-degradable; they are photo-degradable. In UV light their long molecular chains break down and they become lots of little pieces of plastic. If you wrap perfectly biodegradable dog faeces in non-biodegradable plastic and hang it in a tree, it either hangs there for years, is collected by a... Continue Reading →

Despite the announcement on Wiltshire Council's website and in the Wiltshire Times, the Traffic Regulation Order notices that have gone up in the car park do not mean that parking charges will be introduced at Southwick Country Park. They are part of the formal consultation process that the county has to complete in order to... Continue Reading →

Marathon Man

Frank Lamerton, Friend of Southwick Country Park, ran the London Marathon last weekend in 4 hours 19 minutes and 14 seconds. Out of the 174 runners over the age of seventy, he came 13th.  It was the hottest London Marathon on record and Frank came in somewhere around number 13,500 among 41,000 finishers. He said,... Continue Reading →

"This was the scene I was greeted with in Sleepers this morning, they kindly left their carrier bag so I was able to clear up and get to a bin." DKG    

Reasons to Scoop Poop: No 1

TOXOCARIASIS: Children get toxocariasis when they are infected with the eggs of roundworms (Toxocara canis) from the faeces of dogs. The infection happens when the child gets soil or sand contaminated with faeces into its mouth. Once the eggs are inside the child's digestive tract, they move into the bowel where they hatch into larvae.... Continue Reading →

Sunday Morning in the Park

BY IAN B. Pleasant saunter with Pat and all the hounds this morning round Southwick Country Park.  The long tailed tit’s nest is now finished with a cladding of lichen.     Two reports: a little egret at the pond and a barn owl hunting on Lambrok Meadow but we didn't see either. We looked for the... Continue Reading →

Wheels For All

On Thursday, Rob Paget, Disability Sports Development Officer for Wiltshire Council, and Chris Revill, from Wheels For All  in Bath, came to Southwick Country Park to carry out a trial run on disability bikes to see if the park would be a suitable venue to hold events. Rob and Chris recently developed an adapted cycling... Continue Reading →

Wiltshire Council has agreed with us that parking fees at Southwick Country Park are unworkable; the proposal has been withdrawn. For their efforts on our behalf, thanks go to Councillor Bridget Wayman, the Cabinet Member responsible for Transport, and to Adrian Hampton, Head of Local Highways, who read our reports, answered our questions and took... Continue Reading →

Litter Picking

One of the perennial jobs around the Park is collecting litter. Most weeks sees one of the Friends with litter picker and rubbish sack in hand. All sorts of rubbish is found especially during the winter months when the foliage dies back and it is easier to spot. Sometimes we come across rubbish that has... Continue Reading →

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