In the final years of the 20th century a team headed by Professor Mervyn Mitchard bid for Lottery Fund to create a Millennium Green on the former recreation pitch.
Within set parameters of offering exercise activities for a wide range of people from children to elderly adults, plans were drawn up to include:
- A 5 a side football pitch
- A junior swing
- Chin-up bars
- Wobble boards
- A hop-scotch path
- Balance beams
- A circular walk / cycle track
- A patio with raised beds
After many hours of volunteer work overseen by Prof Mitchard and ably accounted for by Mrs J Panton, the site was finished in time for the Millennium. The final touch was the erection of the wrought iron gates created by George Webb, a well known metal sculptor who lives in Rosses Lane.
A Grand Opening was held with amusements, a barbecue and music and dancing.
Since then a new climbing frame has been added ( the old metal one was condemned and had to be removed, much to the chagrin of generations of children who had played ( safely) on it) and when the village W.I. disbanded they donated their remaining funds to purchase a toddler swing.
The 1000 Green is run by a Trust, who oversee the safety and management.
The Green will be re-furbished shortly: the wet winters of recent years have made the use of sunked fall-traps with thick bark unviable. The toddler swing will be moved to drier, higher ground and will have plastic fall mats underneath. The climbing frame will be re-positioned and will also have plastic matting at grass level. Grants are being sought to enable this work to be done.
See also Wichenford 100 Club >>.