The Friends of the River Frome is a group of people who feel passionately about the state of the Somerset River Frome and its surroundings.
Our activities include
- the strictly practical (working parties)
- the necessary (finding grants to do work on steep banks)
- the forward-looking (negotiating development of the river's environment with all the interested parties)
- and the more leisurely (outings)
This website will tell you more about the Friends, who we are, what we do, the variety of activities for you and how you can join us.
In short, if you care for the River Frome, then Friends of the River Frome is for you!
- Saxonvale Redevelopment
This site is now owned by Mendip District Council. There will be a consultation event, open to the public, on Friday 11th (2pm - 7pm) and Saturday 12th January (10am - 3pm), at the Silk Mill Gallery, Merchants Barton, Saxonvale BA11 1PT.
The same consultation will be available online at saxonvaleredevelopment.org from 11th January.(31Dec)
- Frome Festival: MeadowFest
- In the middle of winter it's good to start thinking about summer afternoons by the river. River Friends, along with other like-minded organisations, have plans for the last day of the 2019 Frome Festival: MeadowFest will be an afternoon of activities for children, bringing them into close contact with the river, Rodden Meadow, and the Millennium Green. More details to follow as we put the pieces together. If you have children, keep the afternoon of July 14th 2019 free. (27Nov)
- A new bridge?
- River Friends have just presented Frome Town Council with a proposal to build a foot and cycle bridge across the river between the new Southlands Farm housing scheme and Adderwell. This is to be funded from the Section 106 payment resulting from the new development. The next stage will be to fund a feasibility study, to discover the most suitable construction and placement for the bridge. It is hoped that this will provide easy access from Southfield to Frome station. (27Nov)
- 2019 Annual meeting
- A small group of individuals who have known the River Frome and its surroundings for many decades have agreed to come and talk about their experiences. Do join us at Frome Canoe Club's centre, in the Market Yard, next to the Cheese and Grain, on Tuesday 5th February, at 7.30pm. (27Nov)
- Belay That!
- In order to make the place clean and tidy for the visit of Walkers are Welcome on Sunday 18th, we have just one more litterpick this year, on Saturday 17th.This one will follow some paths leading away from the river corridor. (16Nov)
- That's all, folks!
- Please note, we are not running any more litterpicks this year. We expect to restart in March.Our thanks to everyone who turned up to support Surfers Against Sewage last Sunday: lots of hard work, and a big result. (24Oct)
- Wellsupported litterpick
- Fourteen good people turned out to clean up the river and its surroundings today. One couple worked from a canoe, and there were three children among us. The mayor of Frome, Richard Ackroyd who is one of our trustees, took time out from his Land's End to John O'Groats cycle ride to lend a hand. (You can sponsor Richard via the Just Giving website.) (1Sep)
- Mayhem in the Meadow
- This year's Mayhem was blessed with super weather. Jessy Grant of BART gave a demo of river fly monitoring, which got lots of people into the river brandishing nets. (25May)
- Fun way to prevent pollution Saturday 24 March
- Join Frome Recreation and Open Ground Supporters at 3pm outside the library. We will be painting a yellowish symbol on storm drains to draw attention to the dangers to the river from pollution. (16Mar)
- Cancelled Litterpick
- Litterpick on March 3rd is cancelled due to weather conditions. We hope to see you in April. (2Mar)
- 2018 AGM, 7.30pm, Tuesday 6th February at Frome Canoe Club
Our guest speaker this year will be Zoe Hancock, who is the Catchment Coordinator for the Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership. The partnership comprises a range of organisations, groups and authorities dedicated to improving the water environment, and providing wider benefits for people and nature: The Catchment-Based Approach.
Free refreshments will be provided.(17Jan)