is the Uckfield Millennium Green?
Millennium Green is an open space for community use.
It is less formal than a park, and areas will be left
to grow wild to be a haven for wild life and wild flowers.
It is owned by a community-based charity and is not
owned by the Town Council. The people who run the Charity,
the Trustees, are bound by the terms set out in the
Deed of Trust.
had the idea?
Uckfield people, assisted by the Uckfield Town Council
and East Sussex County Council, took advantage of the
Countryside Agency's initiative to use National Lottery
money to establish Breathing Spaces for communities
all around the country. The design of the Green was
developed by the East Sussex County Councils Architects
Department with input from local people and groups.
big is it?
Uckfield Millennium Green is 21.99 Acres and as such
is one of the biggest of the 499 Millennium Greens.
paid for its creation?
Sussex County Council give the land to the Charity.
The work on the creation of the Green was paid for with
grants from the Millennium Commission and the Uckfield
Town Council. Donations were received but thousands
of hours of volunteer time were used as money in matching
the grant claims.
doesn't the Council own it?
Both Uckfield Town Council and East Sussex County Council
have supported both the planning and the implementation
of the Green however; the Millennium Green is held in
a Charitable Trust to protect the site from changes
arising from Political whim. In any case, in the last
few years the ability of local Councils to invest money
in these projects has whittled away. The energy, money
and commitment to this project have come from the actions
of local people.
else is involved?
of the work (Tree-planting, Fence and boardwalk building)
has been completed by local volunteers. The British
Conservation Trust Volunteers (BTCV) has carried out
much of the erection of gates and fences as well as
the initial tree planting. Local schools were involved
in the design for the Millennium Feature (although sadly
the design could not be finally implemented due to planning
and cost problems), and a whole host of other local
people have been involved in rubbish removal, planting
the work finished?
Whilst the overall structure of the Green is fixed there
are a number of projects already identified to enhance
the enjoyment of the Green. Some of these are regeneration
projects, (such as the pond and some of the hedges)
others are new facilities such as small bridges.
Who will carry out this work?
are lucky to have help from BTCV for many of the larger
projects. Their knowledge and expertise is essential
in ensuring that the work is carried out to the correct
standards. Tasks outside of their expertise will require
us to hire in contractors provided we have the funding.
how is it maintained?
the aim of the Millennium Green is to enhance a natural
environment rather than create a conventional park,
the maintenance needs are low. There is, however still
be a need to ensure that grass access paths are maintained,
the two meadows given an annual mow, brambles cut back
and of course some tree trimming will be inevitable.
Some of these tasks are contracted out whilst generally
smaller tasks are undertaken by a monthly work parties.
A maintenance plan has been prepared that covers both
the annual and longer-term aspects.
trustees will be seeking funding for replanting of trees
that have either been damaged or died of natural causes.
Plans are in hand to ensure that graffiti is dealt with
if it should occur however planning for malicious breakages
is difficult to plan for. We are trying to ensure that
local schools are involved and aware of the Green for
was the Green finished?
The construction and creation work to the main part
of the site was completed in the spring of 2002. There
are parts of the site that are more environmentally
sensitive that we have plans to provide controlled access
to once we have obtained suitable funding for the materials
involved. The whole Green will take several years for
the trees to grow to maturity.
about the dog mess?
we have encourage people to use the Green there are
still a number of untrained owners who fail to clear
up the mess created by their dogs. The Town Council
have been very helpful in providing bins at both entrances
of the green and we are looking at ways to cost effectively
cover the Green itself.
can I do to help?
do organise work parties each month and we are always
looking for people to come along and help. If you were
unable to help physically, we would always welcome donations
to assist with maintenance tasks.
there any other way I can help?
Whilst it is nice to have people physically helping
we realise this is not always possible. You can join
"The Friends of the Uckfield Millennium Green" and tell
you friends about us. One long-term way of helping is
to remember us in your will. We would always welcome
donations, or bequests left in a Will, to assist with
the running of the Green.
you would like more information about leaving a bequest
in a Will click here.
are "The Friends of the Uckfield Millennium Green"?
is a group of people who are interested in seeing the
Green is a success. They pay a small annual subscription
and in exchange receive occasional Newsletters letting
them know what is happening including special events.
Anybody is free to join and is does give us another
understand that I can have the ashes of departed relatives
scattered on the Green?
We have recognised that for some people this is a nice
place to scatter ashes so that fond memories can be
enjoyed at the same time as visiting the Green. In order
to satisfy the needs of the Trustees to meet their legal
obligations and of the families of the deceased, we
have drawn up a policy document that sets out the "rules".
If you would like to know more details of this scheme
please click here.
about the ashes of my dog?
you would like to scatter the ashes of your pet please