Copse Clearance

Following receipt of many concerns regarding the recent clearance in parts of the copse, we have received the following response from the ranger.

“Over the past many decades, woodland management at Zebon Copse has been somewhat absent. Since 2012 we have put in place a woodland management programme to try and help restore the woodland flora and fauna. This work is carried out in stages with the previous compartment being coppiced a couple of years ago and the first compartment a couple of years before that. Over the next 8-10 years, further, similar work will be carried out in the wooded areas to the north of the site reducing the thick, choking understorey of holly to open up the woodland floor. Holly has little value for wildlife other than the odd berry for food (only the female trees).

Whilst this work may seem a little damaging at first, it will in the long run allow much more light down to the ground providing optimum conditions for more wildflowers and other flora to flourish. It will also allow other tree species such as hazel to flourish, rather than being overwhelmed by the holly. These new saplings will create a much more valuable understorey for the wood itself and for wildlife too; better nesting sites for birds and food sources for butterflies, for instance.

The works are in line with our woodland management agreement.

The works are now complete for this year, but as the wood is so close to housing we don’t have bonfires to get rid of all the cut material. Bonfires are used on our other more open sites, but the amount of smoke and ash would be detrimental to the local residents, hence why we don’t have them here. Traditionally, this material would not have grown so tall/mature, it would have been cut long before now and would have been used for rural crafts such as hurdle making, fencing, brooms and the like, but due to the current size and amount of cut vegetation, it has to be chipped and/or stacked. The material will rot down quickly as has been the case in the other two compartments already worked on and the display of wildflowers will hopefully be better than ever. We also hope to use some of the cut material to create a dead hedge to the southern edge of the site to support the collapsed fence currently in place. The larger lengths of wood will be removed.

We are very mindful that not everyone welcomes work such as this, but if we left it, all the trees would eventually decay, so for the longevity of the woodland, some woodland management is necessary.”

Urgent Call for Collectors & Deliverers

Can you spare an hour or two from time to time to collect ZCRA membership subscriptions and deliver newsletters for your road?

The committee are in urgent need of some more ZCRA members willing to help with delivering the quarterly newsletters, and collecting ZCRA subscriptions when they are due.

The ideal is to have at least one member to cover each road, so each person’s work is kept to a minimum.

If you would like to help, or to find out more, please email, or come along to the Fete on the 30th June 2019 and speak to one of the committee.

Basingstoke Canal Bulletin

Near Crookham Village February 2019 – photo © Judy Coleman

The January edition of the Basingstoke Canal Bulletin is packed full of interesting information and news, and is now available to read and download.

The Bulletin is produced by the Basingstoke Canal Society who work tirelessly protecting and promoting the canal.

Click here: Basingstoke Canal Bulletin Jan 2019 , or on the image below for your copy.

It’s easy to take the canal for granted and overlook the fact that the upkeep alone is extremely costly, not just in terms of money, but in manpower too. The Society are always looking for volunteers; if you’re interested, take a look at their website for more information: BCS Volunteer Roles

The canal is a wonderful resource for all the residents of Zebon Copse to enjoy, right on our doorstep. Keep an eye out for a new section here on the ZCRA website with canal information and regular updates.


Silver Jubilee Zebon Copse Fete a huge success!

As the sun shone all day, ice creams were in high demand.

The Zebon Copse Residents’ Association is proud to report that the 25th Summer Fete, held this year on 1st July at the Zebon Copse Centre, was an immense success. On this the Silver Jubilee of the Zebon Copse Residents’ Association, hundreds of residents enjoyed an impressive array of stalls, games, and food and drink from local businesses and groups in an event that brought together the entire community.

Following a two week online countdown, which saw details announced each day on the associations’ twitter feed (@ZebonCopse), there was a buzz of excitement as the 25th ZCRA Fete was declared open.

With perfect weather conditions, residents enjoyed a fantastic array of stalls from local producers, charities, and organisations. The fete was truly an event for all the family, with traditional games, a funfair, and practice metal detecting for children, and stalls and a beer tent for the adults. The ever-popular Hog Roast and BBQ was in high demand and, along with ice creams, soft drinks and beer from the drinks tent.Over 20 local stallholders attended the ZCRA Fete 2018, many from Zebon Copse.

Rowan Hill, stalls organiser, said: “This is my fourth year doing this and it has certainly been the best yet! It was fantastic to see so many stalls of such diversity and good quality from Zebon Copse and the local area itself”

The fun dog show saw a fantastic selection of the best dogs from the estate, with proud winners in all six categories. ‘Best in Show’ went to Ryan and Hannah’s one-year old Golden Retriever Nala.

Best In Show Nala (left) at the Dog Show 2018

The dog show was judged by Lucy King, from Paws for Success, a positive dog training group in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire. She said, “They did very well in the very hot temperatures! We had some lovely dogs, sensible owners sticking in the shade, and it was nice to see an amazing variety of breeds, like a Boxer cross Staff and a Jack Russel cross Pomeranian!”. ZCRA’s thanks go to Lucy for judging the dog show so expertly and to Rowan, Jo and Barnabas for helping it run so smoothly.

Returning to the fete, local artist Flora Gare ran craft sessions for children and adults together in a packed craft area. The butterfly and dragonfly creations were immensely popular with local children, who enjoyed flying them around the showground throughout the afternoon.

The committee would like to thank all those who volunteered their time to make this fete a success. Particular thanks goes to Sheila Thorns, who has worked incredibly hard in organising so many aspects of the fete. Without her tireless efforts over the past few months, the fete would not have happened. Special thanks go to Rowan Hill for her expert coordination of over 20 local stalls and Barnabas Balint for all online communications. We would also like to thank Crookham Village Parish Council for their sponsorship of the Zebon Copse Centre, field and crafts.

A final thanks go to all our volunteers, stallholders and residents who attended and enjoyed the fete. Without the help and support of our team of dedicated volunteers, none of this would be possible.


Successful Litter Pick 7 April 2018

The Zebon Copse Residents’ Association held another successful litter pick around the estate on Saturday 7th April 2018.

As with last year, a team of geocaching enthusiasts of all ages, coordinated by Zebon Copse resident Barnabas Balint, met for a Cache In Trash Out (CITO) event to support volunteer residents.

This event was run jointly by the Zebon Copse Residents Association (ZCRA) and Geocaching enthusiasts taking part in CITO (Cache In Trash Out, an activity where people combine litter picking with orienteering activities – see

The volunteer litter pickers took to the streets, paths and streams of the Zebon Copse estate for what was an immensely successful event. There was an excellent turnout on this beautiful sunny Saturday and much litter was collected. As well as large quantities of the usual food wrappers, cans and bottles, they retrieved some rather unusual items: a pipe, a broken artificial Christmas tree, and an empty toolbox.

This Easter edition of the Litter Pick also included an Easter Hunt, in which children searched for clues around the estate to claim a chocolate prize kindly donated by Rajan from the local SPAR shop.

The ZCRA committee is very grateful to the geocachers for their continued support of these litter picks. We have run these joint litter picks for several years now, this event being the 9th and most definitely not the last!

We would also like to thank Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for their support in removing the rubbish collected.

The attached picture shows some of the volunteers and the rubbish they collected.


Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting for the Zebon Copse Residents’ Association.

All residents of Zebon Copse are invited to attend and make their inputs to the plans for ZCRA for the coming year and enjoy light refreshments and a glass of wine. The Zebon Copse Ranger plus Parish and District Councillors have been invited.


Time: Thursday 15 February 2018, 8-10pm, doors open 7.45pm

Place: Zebon Copse Community Centre


1. Apologies

2. 2017 AGM Minutes

3. Chairman’s report

4. Statement of/Approval of accounts

5. Appointment of Auditor

6. Appointment of cheque signatories

7. Election of committee members

8. Any other business

9. Break for refreshments

10. Zebon Copse Ranger

11. Hart Local Plan

12. Question time

ZCRA AGM 2018 Poster (1)



Hart First Response Young People’s First Aid Training

Hart First Response (HRF) have funds to support 6 young people (aged 16-24) by providing training, supervision, volunteering opportunities and a qualification in first aid.

HFR a registered charity that aims to help save lives by providing ambulance and first aid cover at local events, and by teaching first aid skills within the community.

This video at the bottom of this page shows what our previous young volunteers have achieved.

 Are you aged between 16 and 24?
 Are you free on Tuesday evenings?
 Could you save someone’s life?
 Do you want to know more?

How to apply:

For further details please contact Hester on: 07941 980914
Twitter: @hart1stresponse #ACF17

New Dog Warden Poster

The Hart District Council Dog Warden has recently launched a poster on responsible dog walking, which can be viewed below. We would like to draw all residents’ attention to this, so that we can all enjoy walking around our beautiful estate together.

Further information can be found on the Hart District Council website.

ZCRA celebrates love of parks in national #LoveParks Week!

The Zebon Copse Residents’ Association has joined over 200 organisations nationwide to celebrate Love Parks Week.

Love Parks Week, now in its 11th year, is Britain’s biggest celebration of these valuable spaces. ZCRA is joining the celebration, and encouraging everyone to share why they love our local green spaces.

This #LoveParks Week, we are encouraging as many people as possible to go out and enjoy their local park. Take a photo, video or simply post on social media, using the hashtag #LoveParks, telling the world why you love your park. On each day of #LoveParks week, ZCRA is tweeting residents’ love for their many local green spaces on @ZebonCopse.

Using this tide of public support, with people sharing how much parks matter to them and why, environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy will campaign to secure the quality of parks for future generations to enjoy.

Barnabas Balint, ZCRA Webmaster said, “There are so many beautiful and diverse green spaces on and around the Zebon Copse estate, which are truly valued by residents.”

“We are lucky to have a dedicated team of volunteer residents and a professional team of countryside rangers who strive constantly in the upkeep and to improve our many green spaces.”

“Recent investment from the Hart District Council Biodiversity Action Plan has seen an amazing array of wildflower patches across the estate, alongside a residents’ association funded orchard, both of which are incredibly popular with residents.”

“It has been wonderful to take part in this national celebration of our parkland.”

Residents of Zebon Copse have highlighted their love for parks for the following reasons:

‘I love parks because they are calming environment to walk around in.’ – from ZCRA Webmaster Barnabas.

‘I love parks because I love flowers and butterflies!’ – from ZCRA Secretary Nicole. 

‘I love parks because I like to connect with nature (not my phone)!’ – from ZCRA Chair Chris.

‘I love parks because wild flowers = insects, insects = birds, birds = joy!’ – from ZCRA Treasurer Val.

‘I love parks because they are the most beautiful and tranquil place I know’ – from Zebon Copse resident Iris.’

‘I love parks because I like to chase a ball and meet my friends’ – from Crumble the dog!

Volunteers with the Hampshire Countryside Services team have been celebrating their love of the copse – a special space with wildflowers, a mire and a woodland area dating to at least 1600, managed with biodiversity in mind. Volunteer work parties, suitable for all ages and with all equipment supplied, take place from 10am – 1pm on the second Sunday of every month, meeting at the end of Londlandes. At a recent work party focusing on path maintenance run by the Yateley Common Rangers, volunteers highlighted their love for the copse for the following reasons:

‘I love parks because we can play in the green shade.’ – from Zebon Copse work party volunteer Grace.

‘I love parks because I keep connected to the real world.’ – from Zebon Copse Ranger Binz.

‘I love parks because I love the fresh air.’ From Zebon Copse work party volunteer Jane.

Paul Todd, Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award manager said, “We believe that everybody, wherever they live, should have access to a quality green space. We are asking everyone to join us in showing how much they care and helping us to protect parks for future generations.”