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A Community Space for All to Access and Enjoy

A Community Green Space in Uckfield

Millennium Greens are areas of green space for the benefit of local communities. 245 were created in cities, towns and villages across England to celebrate the turn of the Millennium. Their creation was funded in part by the National Lottery via the Countryside Agency. Each one is different, as local people have had an input into the design of their green.

The project to create Millennium Greens across the turn of the Millennium (2001) was started in 1996 and ended when the last Green was handed over to its own, local charitable trust in perpetuity. Each trust now fundraises for and runs its own green, within the bounds of its trust deed, for the benefit of its local community.

Uckfields Millennium Green is an open space for its community to use. It is less formal than a park, and areas have been left to grow wild to facilitate a haven for wildlife and wildflowers. 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.

A beautiful Orange Tip butterfly resting on a full head of dandelion seads before fluttering off again into the meadows of the Uckfield Millennium Green.
The boardwalk on Gordons Walk at the Uckfield Millennium green.

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Areas of Interest

The Green provides a mixture of semi-natural and re-colonised man-made habitats. Some of the less easily accessible parts of the Green, especially the old clay pits, support rich flora characteristic of unimproved grasslands...

A wheelbarrow full of tools.

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Friends of the Green

Uckfield Millennium Green is managed by a charitable Trust with support from the Friends of the Green.

If you enjoy using the Green and would like to help with the ongoing maintenance and development of this community area, there are a number of ways you can become involved...

A historical picture featuring some workers from the old brickworks of Benjamin Ware & Sons in Uckfield

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History

The Uckfield Millennium Green is situated on the site of clay pits dug to support the activities of the brickworks of Benjamin Ware & Sons. Brickmaking in Uckfield, and at Benjamin Ware & Sons in particular, is morefully described by Molly Beswick in Hindsight Volume 3 published by the Uckfield and District Preservation Society.

Moody Moments on the boundary by JonnyWattUK - Feb 23

"Rural tranquility on the urban fringe"

UMG Newsletters

Please click below to download the relevant UMG Newsletter pdf

February 2024 Newsletter

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December 2023 Newsletter

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What's Going On - On The Green

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February ⏤ 2024

Dates for your Diary

"2024 Work Parties

 

Mondays

 

Volunteers are on the Green carrying out maintenance most Mondays from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Please contact us on info@uckfieldmillenniumgreen.co.uk if you would like to join in.

 

Saturday Work Parties

 

Working Parties are also held throughout the year for the local community to be involved in the maintenance of the Green.

 

These are held on Saturdays from 9.30 to 12.30 on the following dates for 2024:-

 

  • Feb 10th

  • August 10th

  • April 13th  

  • October 12th

  • June 22nd

  • December 7th

 

Notices will be posted on the entrance gates a week before the working parties, also follow us on Facebook and Instagram”

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November 27 ⏤ 2023

Winter Will Take A Hold

The Cyclamen herald the Winter to come as the Green slowly turns to gold as that Winter will take ahold...

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May 05 ⏤ 2023

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 30th May 2023 at Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield TN22 1AZ

The meeting will start at 7.00pm and will be followed by Coffee/Tea and biscuits.

All are welcome to hear what has been happening on the Green over the last year, and our plans going forward.

 

Agenda:

1 Present

2 Apologies

3 Minutes of the Last Meeting 31.05.2022

4 Matters Arising

5 Consider the adoption of the Trust’s Report 31.03.2023

6 Consider the adoption of the Trust’s Inspected Accounts 31.03.2022

7 Chairman’s Report

8 Any other business

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May 04 ⏤ 2023

Next Work Party Saturday September 16th.
A gateway onto the Uckfield Millenium Green shot in the early spring of 2023

Our next working party is planned for Sat 16th September from 9.30 to 12.30.

We’ll be clearing thistles, brambles and blackthorn from the picnic and play area. For anyone interested in helping out we’ll be meeting at the Picnic Area, gloves, small forks and secateurs will be useful, but tools can also be provided on the day.

We’ll be breaking for tea and coffee at 11.00 if anyone would like to stop by for a chat.

Planned dates for other work parties through 2023 are; June 24th, August 5th, September 16th, October 28th, December 9th.

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April 17 ⏤ 2023

Here Come The Bluebells
(Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
A closeup image of some beautiful bluebells on the Uckfield Millennium green

There are patches of Bluebells in full cry around various areas of the Green.

Enchanting and iconic, bluebells are a favourite with the fairies and a sure sign spring is in full swing. The violet glow of a bluebell wood is an incredible wildflower spectacle. See them while you can, in on and around Bob's & Gordon's Walks.

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April 01⏤ 2023

Signs of Spring in Clay Pit 1.
Spring primroses in full bloom at the Uckfield Millennium Green

The Wild primrose is a popular native wildflower, with pale yellow flowers. It is low growing and is highly versatile; perfect in borders, wildlife woodland areas or naturalised into grass. Likewise it is lovely under deciduous trees where it will flower in early Spring from March to May before the leaf canopy creates shade.

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January 17 ⏤ 2023

From our Facebook Page
A newly dugout Crested Newt pond on the Uckfield Millenium Green.

We have taken advantage of the excavator still being on the Green to remove diseased Ash and other wind blown trees in clay pit 2 in advance of the second pond restoration later in the year. The trees will soon be chipped and laid on some of the muddier paths.

This pond is the larger of the two and with a sunnier aspect it should attract an abundance of insects such as dragonflies and damselflies.

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