Annual General Meeting of shareholders 2018 : Wednesday 14th March in Council Chamber of Frome Town Hall 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
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SOS (Save Open Spaces) Frome
is a community movement to protect green spaces in Frome. So far we have had one major success.
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 attempts 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 very keen that the public continue to enjoy them as a community space. For the time being, the previous tenant farmer 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.