Thursday, 16 September 2010
URGENT: Farnham mass walk to help protect local fields from development
UPDATE 18/09/10: The field under threat is not the field pictured, but a field to the south and west (bottom left of the picture). Apologies for any confusion, original communication sent to me described the location as "behind UCA".
The fields were ploughed this summer, erasing all traces of footpaths which criss-cross the site. My wife and I tried to walk back into Farnham via this route earlier in the summer and found it impossible to pick up our usual path (as per the update the above field was also ploughed earlier this summer).
Local residents have suggested the ploughing may be a tactic to deter walkers accessing the fields and therefore prevent the argument that the fields are used for recreation being used when planning permission is sought, however a local farmer who leases the field denied this in an interview with the Herald.
How you can help - urgent appeal
A "mass walk" and photo shoot with The Farnham Herald will be held this Saturday, 18th September at 10am.
The North West Farnham Residents' Association need as many people as possible to attend, please be encouraged to bring your family, children and dogs.
Meet promptly at 10am at the field entrance which is at the entrance to the University car park, just off Beavers road for the photo, then the official footpaths will be walked for approx 20 minutes for those who can stay.
Posted by James Firth at 16:10