I wanted to bring to your attention an issue we (Winchester City Council) are encountering at Whiteshute Ridge adjacent to Badger Farm.
Almost all of the latches on the kissing gates have been vandalised and are going to need to be replaced.
We have already replaced or repaired a number of these latches last year and made amendments to the gates to ensure they stay closed so cattle can not escape from the fields.
It came to mind that someone may think they are being helpful in removing the latches to reduce surfaces that people touch to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
WCC request that the latches and countryside furniture are not tampered with.
We will replace the broken latches prior to the cattle coming back on to the Ridge in the winter to ensure they remain safely in the grazing compartments.
The winter grazing has had a great effect on the habitat at Whiteshute Ridge with the calcareous grassland responding well to this low-intensity management and our surveys have already revealed a slight increase in overall biodiversity and local increases in species such as cowslips and yellow rattle, and reptile numbers are looking good with recordings of slow worms and common lizards.
Butterflies including Dingy Skipper, Marbled white and meadow brown have all been recently spotted.
Thank you for your cooperation during this difficult time.
We Need Your Help
The sun still shines and with the leisure centres and gyms shut, and country park car parks still closed, more and more people are exploring their local countryside using the rights of way network.
Many will not know that it is our job to keep them open and accessible, so we want to find a way of making it known that you are the heroes of the walking (& cycling) world.
Tagging @HampshireCountryside and using the #walktherightway we would like to generate as much user content on social media as we can.
This is where you come in..
We would like to encourage you to share short videos of your local walk to help inspire and engage with residents and hopefully encourage them to share their own!
As the sun is meant to be shining this weekend, we would love it if you could capture a short film whilst out and about.
If you want some pointers, please check out these simple steps:
- These can be filmed using your own device, nothing fancy, we want it to feel authentic!
- If possible, include a background narrative, where you are walking, why it's your favourite and what you might spot at this time of year. Don't worry you don't need to be in front of the camera.
- Try and aim for it to be between 30-60 seconds.
- Once you're done, please upload it to your own Facebook and Instagram pages and tag in the countryside service (@HampshireCountryside).
- Please include the hashtag #walktherightway You can use other hashtags in addition too (#walking, #nature, #wellbeing, #wellness).
Many thanks for your help - we can't wait to see your videos.
Hello to you all.
Badger Farm is a mixed age community, so there might be older people who are at risk or indeed who are actually ill in your neighbourhood and are unable to get help.
People with conditions affecting the respiratory system are also vulnerable.
These neighbours might not be able to go shopping or go to the doctor, please could you help them.
Keep an eye out for them and please do help whenever you can.
Be aware of your own safety also whilst helping others.
Please also have a look at the Mutual Aid site Covid-19 Mutual Aid which will give you the information on local groups that have been set up to help vulnerable people.
Cllr. Rhian Dolby, Chairman, Badger Farm Parish Council.
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Parish Connect - April 2020
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Welcome to Badger Farm Parish Council website!
My name is Cllr. Rhian Dolby and I have been the Chairman since September 2017.
B.F.P.C. currently has seven councillors who volunteer their time to help the local community.
All councillors give their time for free they do not claim any expenses for their work.
The council does not take a political stand but strives to work with the community for the common good.
Parish council meetings are held at 7.30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (except August), in the Bushfield Room at Badger Farm Community Centre.
Residents are encouraged to come along and see the council in action.
There is always a slot on the agenda for members of the public to address council to raise any issues you would like council to consider.
These interactions with the public are vital in order to ensure we are a parish council that delivers what local residents want.
Please do come along and get involved!
B.F.P.C. funds and maintains your two lovely local playgrounds, and looks after the park benches and noticeboards etc.
We also give grants to groups that run community projects for the parish.
If you have an idea do get in touch. The applications close on 1st September each year.
We keep in touch with local people through our quarterly article in the Community News, noticeboards, our website and through social media.
Nothing replaces face to face contact though, so please visit the councillors page and get to know your local councillors.
The Planning Committee feedback residents’ views on local planning applications to W.C.C.
We are committed to ensuring the Badger Farm’s position of being without permitted development rights is upheld by W.C.C.
This has ensured that as Badger Farm has matured and expanded that the initial vision of the estate architects to have houses that hug the hillside and blend in with the countryside are maintained.
A lot of thought was put into making sure Badger Farm wasn’t an eyesore visible on the hill from central Winchester.
We aim to keep it that way.
You can find out more about planning on our dedicated webpage.
Badger Farm is a beautiful place to live, incredibly green, but just outside Winchester.
Keeping all the lovely green areas well maintained is the responsibility of W.C.C., but B.F.P.C. does fund extra work on areas that residents highlight as looking unkempt.
If you have any ideas about areas that could benefit from one of our funded ‘tidy up’ projects do get in touch and let us know.
We have lots of wildlife to admire and care for too.
You will have seen the cows up on W.S.R.
These are looked after jointly by Hampshire Wildlife Trust and W.C.C.
Please report any concerns regarding the welfare of the cattle or maintenance of W.S.R. to W.C.C.
We will be adding more information on local wildlife to a dedicated webpage and would be pleased to receive any of your photographs for the page.
You are also encouraged to contact us with ideas on how B.F.P.C., can do its bit to tackle climate change.
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A Café run by the Community, for the Community!
Once a Month 1-3pm @ Badger Farm Community Centre. A warm welcome awaits you at the Chat-Tea Café. This is a drop-in café for those of a certain age who are perhaps feeling a little isolated or lonely.
Get out and about this Winter with your camera
Why not get outside and take images of Badger Farm and surrounding area to be included in our Gallery section, just like the ones which were sent in by Simon Lever.
Contact the Parish Clerk
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