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The Dippy

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by Ian Marshall (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer and meditation teacher living in Frome, Somerset
Published September 27th 2021
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The Dippy, Frome
The Dippy

The Dippy is a smallish strip of green connecting several housing areas in the south of Frome.

The Dippy, Frome
The Dippy


It stretches along a narrow stream and connects at either end and in the middle with roads, making it a pretty cut through area.

The Dippy, Frome
The Dippy

You can find blackberries in the wilder woodier sections and plenty of life here in the summer.

The Dippy, Frome
The Dippy


It is maintained by Frome Town Council and there is a group - "The Dippy Group", who come down here for weekly gatherings to tidy and look after the place.

The Dippy, Frome
The Dippy


There are birds, butterflies and wildlife here and it's a beautiful spot for a short stroll and joining up other areas of Frome if you are doing a circular walk.

The Dippy, Frome
The Dippy


There are some areas of concern, not least the CSO (Combined Sewage Outlet) pipes that lead to raw sewage being pumped out here (as at other points in the river) when there is too much rainwater. This is a known problem amongst much of England when old Victorian sewage systems are in place and would require significant infrastructure work to address. The Friends of the River Frome group among others are pushing for these changes, however.

The Dippy, Frome
The Dippy


It is popular with dog walkers and seems to be more of a spot for people to walk through rather than linger.

The Dippy, Frome
The Dippy


The Dippy, Frome
The Dippy


Coming down here at different times of year is a very different experience. These pictures were taken in late September as Autumn is beginning to take over from Summer.

The Dippy, Frome
The Dippy


The Dippy, Frome
The Dippy


In the winter, when I first came down here, the trees were all skeletons and the ground was bare. We even had snow at one point.

The Dippy, Frome
The Dippy


The Dippy, Frome
The Dippy


There are lots of areas like this in Frome, where the green space has been preserved naturally. This is probably the closest little spot for us but Rodden Meadow and the community fields are also similar.



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