Our first AGM was held on Tuesday, 21st February 2017 at St Faith's Parish
Hall. 26 people attended including representatives for Hampshire County
Council Countryside Services, The Conservation Volunteers, Hampshire County
Council and Winchester City Council. The meeting was chaired by Marcus
Swalwell, who was elected our new Chairperson and also elected were Mike
Gibbons - Conservation Officer, Anna Maria Holt - Treasurer and Jonathan
Sleath - Website Officer. 46 people have now registered as members of the
Group and we are hoping that they will fill special contributory roles
such as species experts, photography, work party volunteering etc
The issues facing the Fen were presented and our general strategy outlined
Conserve- Learn about and protect the valuable animal and plant species
across the site by achieving Local Nature Reserve and later SSSI status
Beautify- Restore the natural beauty of the fen and woodlands
Enjoy- Keep the play area beneath the central beech and the short
cut path to Garnier Road.
The Constitution was ratified and there was a question and answer session
- communication, membership, biodiversity and species recovery, and support
from the Council and other organisations were discussed. Members were asked
to consider and discuss with the local community future management and
restoration proposals for the Fen, ready for forthcoming focus meetings.
Particularly Water Supply, Balancing amenity use of the Fen with protecting
special habitats, and Light, tree and scrub management.
WCC Councillor Ian Tait congratulated the Group on their speedy formation
and engagement. Thanks were also expressed to Hugh Corry for sharing his
knowledge of the Fen, his surveys and experience and to Marcus for all
his hard work.