Next Annual General Meeting of Save Open Spaces Frome Ltd.
Projected date: 29th October 2019 in Frome Town Hall.
Would as many as possible please attend as a quorum of shareholders is required to vote on issues and decisions.
15 May 2019Calves also with us
36(?) small calves at with us at present.
They have a special water and feed troughs in one of Whatcombe Farm's fields.
Today the other cattle were all in the private fields next to the river as the grazier rotates which areas they should be in.
17 April 2019Wire cut next to the stile to the Cooper Hall field
You may be able to see that all strands of the wire have been cut on the far side of the fencepost. This wire is at present probably not necessary as the cattle are not likely to try to move from the hardcore over the drain into the earlier line of the spring brook, which is totally overgrown.
Why then has someone cut the wires?
It struck me today that whoever is doing this with the heavy duty clippers may be under the impression that they are helping wildlife to move about the area.
If so, which animals? Or birds? Pheasants are very rare in the fields, any others could get through anyway.
Badgers? There are no signs down there that badgers have a trail, and that won't make them change.
Foxes? They are seen in the fields, but no sign of them in the location mentioned.
Bunnies? They are seen at times too, but could probably get through pig-wire.
If anyone knows any more, it would be interesting to discover the motive behind the cutting. At this location it certainly is not the individual/s who cut fencing near gates as they are not wearing suitable footwear, or think that they have the right to go exactly where they please on private land. So who does it, and why? Or is it just because deliberate destruction and making work for others is "a laugh?" JY
15 April 2019First Arrivals
The first eight cows of the year arrived on Friday 12th April. Pictured on Monday 15th near the water trough and Jo's gate across the fence to the big field.
Having returned home via the kissing gate at Vernal Lane, I noted that the brambles have been cleared there and a new stout fence installed, with one of the very old metal waymarkers supplimenting the right-hand finger post. JY
30 March 2019This year's guests
This year's cattle should be arriving from Tuesday April 2nd.
Please remember the field gates will be closed as the grazier requires; and take extra care with dogs, particularly if there is a strong wind blowing when cows can become somewhat more skittish than their usual docile selves.
Update Saturday April 6th.
Well, no sign of any yet...........see next item above.
28 March 2019Recent Weeks Amendments
Over the past few weeks there have been a few improvements undertaken.
A land drain from a broken underground conduit has been installed to help prevent the low-lying gate between the large field and the Cooper Hall field becoming flooded, and extremely difficult for cattle and vehicles to use.
Several volunteers helped to achieve this, to whom "Thanks again for the help."
The drainpipe in situ, yet to be covered 16.3.19
At the junction of the drain and the brook from the springs above, a small area has been temporarily fenced off so cattle do not encroach and "poach" the area more.
Once again the fence next to the gate in the privately-owned field near the stile on the public footpath towards Whatcombe Farm had been vandalised, so Ian M. and I repaired it again yesterday. This gate may well be moved in due course as the gateposts are not secure, and when muddy, vehicle access with a trailer is awkward. The insecure gatepost causes the wire slackness when the gate is open as pictured.
Field users who spoke to us are appalled by this damage. Who does it and why?
The fence is stretched as some people think they have a right to break through because the gate is muddy and they have no appropriate footwear.
"It is the landowner's problem to make access easy." Wrong: it is NOT A PUBLIC FOOTPATH for anyone to use. The barbed wires and pig-fencing is cut with special cutters, so whoever is doing it brings them along with a view to destruction.
The new Sustrans path fencing in Whatcombe Farm's field has also been vandalised three times in the past few days in the same way with wire cutters.
The fields mentioned above here are not part of the SOSWhatcombe Fields property, but are part of the grazing area.
On my way home this morning (28.3.19) I noted this frosted dandelion, which I hope you like too! JY
02 March 2019Six Fenced Enclosures Installed
On Saturday 2nd March 2019 Sue and seven volunteers installed six fenced enclosures so that small trees bought with the monies donated at the A.G.M. could be planted next to the border hedge at the bottom of the Sledging Field.
With sincere thanks to the volunteers who helped this Saturday.
Dave, in the foreground, has become our regular groundworks helper.
Team Leader Sue with red shirt.
Final adjustments to one of the enclosures.