Annual Report 2002
This has been one of our most productive
years so far and the most satisfying for
the Trustees. After all the time spent in
drawing up the plans,
consulting with local people and acquiring the land, we have seen real and lasting progress on the development of the Millennium Green.
The completion of most of the major work was commemorated by the Official Opening on the Queen's Golden Jubilee Bank Holiday on
Monday 3rd June, performed by the MP for Wyre Forest, Dr Richard Taylor.
Following the grading of the site and construction of the car park and ramp, the late summer and early autumn (2001) were spent preparing the
ground ready for seeding.
All this work was done by hand using volunteer labour, and involved raking the ground and removing stones and other debris. Daffodil and
crocus bulbs were planted in the banks and either side of the drive, which were much appreciated the following . The trees and hedges which had
been planted the previous season had become well established with few failures, and further work was done extending the fencing together with
more tree and hedge planting. Rustic benches and picnic tables, made locally, were assembled and carefully placed to take advantage of the
views and sunny locations. A rustic information board was commissioned from a local carpenter and erected at the entrance to the ramp.
A brick plinth was constructed to hold the official cast iron plaque and railway sleepers were cut in half and placed around the border of the
car park to prevent unauthorised access.
The whole Millennium Green was put to good use when the annual Village Fête was held on it in September (2001) and fortunately the
weather was fine. Because it was so successful it looks as though this will be a regular booking. Unfortunately the weather was poor for the
Official Opening but this did not deter around 80 local people attending to see Dr Taylor MP unveiling the plaque by removing a union flag
draped over the plinth.
The rain stopped just in time for the ceremony itself. Other celebrations included a Fancy Dress competition, a Ribbon Dancing Display by the
Brownies and the Women's Institute provided teas and refreshments in the Scout Headquarters. Financially we have also had a successful
year with grants from the Countryside Agency to pay for the development and other works including grass cutting. I should like to place on record
my personal thanks to my fellow Trustees - Chris Lindley, Geoff Elwell (Treasurer), John Rostron and Jonathan Clark, for all their hard work
and for the support they have given to me, and to the many volunteers. The favourable comments from local residents and the congratulations
from the Countryside Agency and from the Countryside Service of Worcestershire County Council, demonstrate that all our hard work has
created a lasting and much appreciated facility for the parish.
Chairman of Trustees
|Initial delivery of soil in 1999||Preparation Works 2001||Preparation Works 2001|
|Preparation Works 2001||Preparation Works 2001||Preparation Works 2001|
|Preparation Works 2001||Final laying of tarmac to entrance ramp 2001||Official opening 2002|
|Official Csat Iron Plaque||Rustic Information Board||Rustic Bench & Picnic Table|