This Park is evolving at the moment and eventually will have a Skate Park, BMX Track, Amphitheatre, Pond Dipping Platform, Bird Hide and picnic area.

     

Until completed this is still a nice walk, not too long about 40 minutes, and is a mixture of paths and grassland areas.  Not too strenuous, just a nice stroll to walk your dog or let the children have a run about.  It can be a bit boggy off the path so may be a good idea to wear some waterproof footwear if it has been raining.

Easy to follow, circular route, but you can enter or exit by foot through the Edenbrook housing estate at several points if you wish. Leave your car free at the Hart Leisure Centre where access paths lead to the Park.  They also have a coffee shop for refreshments open to the public.

 

 At the pond I saw a beautiful Heron visiting the resident Ducks and Swans so take your camera!

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A circular walk at Farnham Park.

There are several entrances into the park where good signage gives trails to follow.

Parking:

There is plenty of free parking available either in the main car park by the golf course or from the Rangers Car Park which can be found further up the road.

 

The walk:

This is a circular walk, starting off on the tarmac path next to the golf course but can be easily accessed from the Rangers Car Park too.

The walk takes about an hour at a steady pace if you stick to the main route.  There are well made paths making this a good walk to do if it has been raining as there are no muddy areas!  There are some uphill parts but within the capability of most people and you will be rewarded with lovely views of the park and Farnham Town.

Nice this time of year with winter approaching

If you are feeling a bit more adventurous you can walk through the woodlands, but all routes come back to the main path so you won’t get lost!

The park is brilliant for dog walkers with many open spaces for a good run, and there are plenty of great play areas for children along with a football pitch.

When you have finished your walk, why not have a drink or a snack in the golf club cafe, which has toilets and is open to everyone all year round.

 

In recent years, you may be aware of local green spaces being created when new developments are built.  When housing developments are being designed they are now often required to provide areas for recreation known as Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace or SANGS.
The role of SANGS are to provide alternative open space to divert visitors from visiting Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Areas (SPA) like Yateley Common. SANGS are intended to provide mitigation for the potential impact of residential development on the SPA by preventing an increase in visitor pressure on the SPA.
Across the Thames Basin Heath there are a growing number of SANGS to visit. For a full list visit https://www.tbhpartnership.org.uk/

I will be doing as many of the local walks as possible over the next few months and will let you know how I get on.

 

 

National Badger Day is held on the 6th October every year, a chance for all involved in Badger conservation and protection to celebrate this wonderful British mammal.

To celebrate Badger Day find out it there’s somewhere you can actually view badgers.  This is a great opportunity for you to join Badger groups all around the country to celebrate just how magnificent and important one of our oldest native species is to the British countryside and its people.

You can often find out if there’s a place near you, by checking out your local countryside organisation events programme or to just find out more about Badgers visit: https://www.badgertrust.org.uk/

 

 

 

The 4th October 2018 is World Animal Day.

The mission of World Animal Day is to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. Building the celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilising it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals.  It’s celebrated in different ways in every country, irrespective of nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.  Through increased awareness and education we can create a world where animals are always recognised as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.

There are events going on across the world, to find an event near you visit: https://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/events or why not organise an event of your own.,

Not sure how to get involved?

Go to https://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/get_involved where you will find inspirational ideas for individuals, work place, community groups, animal welfare groups, children’s clubs, youth groups, schools and veterinary surgeries.

They will help with guidelines to organise a successful event and gain media and public attention for your World Animal Day event.

Spread the word! Your wildlife needs YOU!

Join Chris Packham, on Saturday 22nd September, for the first People’s Walk for Wildlife in Central London. This walk is for everybody who cares about wildlife, is concerned about the rapid loss of UK wildlife and who wants to stand up and take action.
Chris wants children to see, meet and touch wildlife, to fall in love with it so that in the future they want to look after it. Connecting with nature improves our mental health, being in nature improves our physical health, and looking after nature ensures our planet’s health. Bring your children along to Hyde Park on September 22nd to let them walk, have fun and be part of the great outdoors.
There are plenty of ways for children to get involved including bringing beautiful banner art, making a papier-mâché wildlife friend, dressing up as their favourite plant or animal, and downloading the birdsong from Chris’ website to play on the day. https://www.chrispackham.co.uk/home.

Walk for the missing millions

10am: Gather at Reformers Tree, Hyde Park
12 noon: Infotainment
1pm: Walk: Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly, St James, Pall Mall, Cockspur St, Whitehall.
2pm: Finish at Richmond Terrace