The first week of the New Year sees the Millennium Green looking smart and ready for
the coming Spring. The hedges have all been trimmed, the notice boards repaired,
new trees have been planted and even the first primroses are in flower. The new
litter bins together with their dog tidy bags, installed by the Parish Council, are a
welcome addition and should hopefully see an end to the age old problem of dog fouling.

The most significant issue affecting the Millennium Green has been the development by
Barratts of the adjoining former site of Blakedown Nurseries. In order to secure arrangements
for discharging surface and foul water from the development site it was necessary for Barratts
to obtain permission from the Millennium Green Trust to cross our land. The company paid
the Trust to obtain professional advice for the easement and met the accompanying legal fees,
in addition to full reinstatement of the ground works and replacement of trees and hedges.
By way of compensation, the Trust was paid £20,000 which has been invested to provide
funding for maintenance, and grass cutting.
millenium green

The Millennium Oak Tree was only an acorn in the year 2000. It has been transplanted to
its present location near the lower car park by the original Trustees (left to right above –
Geoff Elwell, Jonathan Clark, Chris Lindley, John Rostron and David Priestnall).
We hope that as the oak tree grows and flourishes, future generations of the parish will
continue to enjoy this beautiful and peaceful place.

It is with regret that due to his move away from the parish, Geoff Elwell has had to resign as Trustee.
He has given years of hard work and support to the Millennium Green. I want to place on record my
thanks to him and to my other trustees for all their support, and dedication over the year.

If anyone is interested in helping with the voluntary work, or even becoming a Trustee,
please contact me on 01562 700684.

David Priestnall

(Chairman of Churchill and Blakedown Millennium Trust )