UPDATE: 6th July 2022:

The below request for help was postponed due to the inclement weather forecast. However 4 of us found that for 90 minutes the weather allowed us to pull a good number of thistles. A further announcement is now anticipated.    JY

The following message has been sent to all our contacts on the Mailchimp system "Interested Parties."

If you are able to come and assist on Saturday 2nd July, we would be pleased to see you. The 2 types of thistles involved are injurious and invasive - not alien! (Please see column at left: Injurious Plants.)

If they are not attended to they will spread widely over our fields and damage the grazing quality.

Thank you in advance:


Dear SOS Whatcombe Fields Supporters 
This is to inform you, there will be a Thistle Clearing morning at Whatcombe Fields on Saturday 2nd July, from 11.00am to 1.00pm. This will be followed by an optional picnic from 1.00 to 2.00pm. We will meet at the Vernal Lane entrance (near the kissing gate) which leads to the top of the Sledging Field. Please wear protective boots and gloves, and bring secateurs, forks, spades, mattocks etc if you have them. Plus picnic food to share, if inclined to stay for that- it would be great to sit and have a chat after our shared labours.

If you have any questions, send me an e-mail at

Steve Small on behalf of the Directors




This is booked for......  evening at........  2022.

Shareholders should receive details by e-mail.

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SOS (Save Open Spaces) Frome

is a community benefit society formed to try to protect green spaces in Frome. 

Whatcombe fields saved for the community - 2015

When Whatcombe Fields came up for auction early in summer 2014, there were concerns that another much loved open space in Frome would be lost.

Save Open Spaces asked the landowner for six months for us to try to raise the money to buy the land ourselves, so as to avoid a re-run of the experience with Rodden Lake Stream Meadow, when our attempt to persuade the council to prevent the sale of the land by putting in a community asset bid was not successful.

We did it! £325,000 was raised, enough for the purchase of Whatcombe Fields in March 2015. A group of 282+ shareholders now jointly own this beautiful 34 acre stretch of fields and are keen that the public can continue to enjoy them as a community space.  For the time being, the current grazier continues to graze his cattle periodically and we are talking to Somerset Wildlife Trust about ways that wildlife diversity can be increased without interfering with the productive farm use.

For developments since 2015 please see NEWS items, including older ones accessed by clicking "View All Stories" at the foot of the NEWS page.











































Save Open Spaces Frome Ltd.

Hereunder is the constitution of the company, which was agreed at the A.G.M. of 2021. Of particular note is the newly reduced minimum shareholding requirement of £50, which we hope will be interesting for potential shareholders.




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