On Tuesday 16th June our weekly Horsham Future Forum and Youth Eco Forum attendees listened to an excellent talk by Peter Simpson, Trustee of the Friends of Warnham Local Nature Reserve and Sally Sanderson, Chair of Friends of Horsham Park. Friends of Warnham Local Nature Reserve, Friends of Horsham Park and the Horsham Society have formed Keep Rookwood Green Alliance and are campaigning to retain Rookwood Golf Course as a public green space.
Those of us on this week’s Zoom call were shocked to learn of the ecological damage and the 29% loss of Horsham’s large green space that will occur if 1,100 houses are built on Rookwood Golf Course. The decision will be finalised before August and there is a short window of opportunity in which we can influence Horsham District Councillors. The more of us that make our views known known, the greater the chance that we will be heard and that we can Keep Rookwood Green!
Here are some ways that you can get involved:
- Write to councillors (the Keep Rookwood Green web site has for ideas on what you could say and help to do this) – https://keeprookwoodgreen.org
- Make your voice heard on social media
- Say what you think should happen – www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KRGAJune20
- Petition the council (Now over 6000 voices!) – https://www.change.org/p/horsham-district-council-no-to-rookwood-golf-course-future-development-for-housing
- On Saturday, 15 August there is going to be a Bio Blitz day at Boldings Brook (Rookwood). A BioBlitz is a family-friendly effort to record as many different species of plants, animals and fungi as you can find, all within a set location and time-period. You can book free tickets here, there are staggered times due to covid social distancing. Download the flyer promoting this event here.
If you have further ideas or would like to get involved to Keep Rookwood Green, please email email@example.com
Unedited video – intro by Sally Sanderson & talk by Peter Simpson
Take a look at these pages to learn more about our weekly virtual Horsham Future Forum and Youth Eco Forum using Zoom, its every Tuesday 7-8pm. Or you can book a free place through this Eventbrite link. Learn about the Horsham Climate Cafe which takes place on the first Saturday of every month here.
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