About Us

Save Open Spaces Frome

SOS Frome began as an informal campaigning group then re-constituted as a Community Benefit Society in October 2014 so that they could launch a community share scheme to buy Whatcombe Fields.

Aims are to preserve informal open green spaces for all of us who live in and love Frome. We want to see wildlife diversity and protect meadows wherever we can as they are disappearing fast in England. It is just as important that we enable people to be able to use these spaces, to learn about nature, and importantly to simply enjoy being or playing outdoors.

In March 2015, SOS Frome took ownership on behalf of 282 shareholders of 34 acres at Whatcombe Fields. The current management committee, elected in June 2015, numbers 7 people.

The constitution can be viewed or downloaded here SOS Frome Rules

We had a 'Special General Meeting' in June 2015 and elected a new committee. You can read the minutes here: SOS minutes 16 05 2015

History of the group
This group grew out of an urgent campaign launched in 2013 by Frome woman, Elaine Ewens, who noticed that Rodden Lake Stream Meadow was due to be auctioned and she couldn't bear to see it built upon and the green space lost to local people.

Although there was only three weeks until the auction, an astonishing number of Frome people came together to try and raise sufficient funds to be able to bid at the auction. Frome Town Council backed the campaign and pledged at least £40,000 to the fund, however the suggested price of £200,000 was not reached in the very short time available.  On the night that meadow sold for £255,000 but, happily for all concerned, not to a property developer!  It is now owned by a farming family who intend to take a hay crop and graze beef cattle on the piece of land.  This is good news from a wildlife point of view. It is much less good news for the residents who used it as a lovely green walking route into town and to the children (particularly from Hayesdown school) who use it as a valuable play area.
The original campaigning group to 'Save Rodden Lake Stream Meadow'