Recent news - 20th May 2011

Brickfields Park joins the Brenda Parker Way
Goose killed by dog and a Fox cub saved by lads

Brickfields Country Park is pleased to announce their inclusion in the Brenda Parker Way .....
Developed by the North Hampshire Downs Ramblers Group in memory of Brenda Parker an active member of the Ramblers especially in Hampshire.  The Brenda Parker Way is a 78 mile long distance path broken into nine sections which crosses the rich and diverse north Hampshire countryside between the towns of Aldershot and Andover.  These two towns lie respectively at the eastern and western edges of the north end of Hampshire and have links to Hampshire's military heritage.  Between, the walk takes in heathland, forest, tiny fields and small farms, then climbs to the highest villages in Hampshire, offering spectacular views, rolling downland and clear chalk streams.  The outline of the route, with the main villages and towns, is shown below (Click for a larger image).

Within each section there are details of the many points of interest along the route, these include Fleet Pond - Hampshire's largest lake, Calleva - an ancient Roman Town, Highclere Castle - home of the discoverer of the tomb of Tutankhamun, Pilot Hill - Hampshire's highest point, and of course Brickfields Country Park - possibly the UK's smallest country Park.  The start and end of each of the nine sections have been designed to link up with public transport and by following the links on each of the nine sections it is possible to plan your journey to the start and back from the end.  Details at Hampshire Ramblers.

Route map for the Brenda Parker way, click for a larger image

Goose killed by dog and a Fox cub saved .....
Both these events, which happened in the last few weeks, were reported to us by one of our members, a local Policeman.  He reported and dealt with an irresponsible dog owner who allowed their dog to attack and kill one of the Canada Geese in the park recently.  The owner has been officially seen by the Police about the incident and the dog is to be destroyed.  Further information about this incident will be published if it comes to hand.

Two local lads who found a Fox cub with a broken leg in the park recently are to be commended for their efforts to rescue the cub and make sure it was delivered into the hands of an animal rescue organisation (possibly the R.S.P.C.A.?).  Described as not the sort to be "into animal welfare", theses lads show that appearances do not mean much, and whilst the dog owner allowed their dog to worry and kill a Goose, these lads went out of their way and spent some considerable time to ensure a Fox, regarded by many as vermin, was safely cared for and collected by those concerned with its welfare and who could give it the care it deserved.

Thanks and praise to the "unlikely" lads - "boos and hisses" to the irresponsible dog owner.

If you see any vandalism, damage or disturbance in the park, please do not get involved, but phone the Police on the usual numbers -

If you have any news for Brickfields Country Park please e-mail at The Friends of Brickfields Country Park.

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