Appeal for help to create new Fernhurst village green

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FERNHURST villagers are hoping to save a piece of popular green space.

And now, as part of their bid, they are asking for help to prove it has been used for recreation for at least three decades.

They want to protect a large field in the centre of Fernhurst which has been used for many years by residents.

And they hope they will be able to do this by registering it as a village green to protect the area from future development.

Every day many villagers walk their dogs round the large space, children play there and the grass is kept under control by other local people who mow it.

Kate Melia, a prime mover of the idea said: “Any one can apply for any green open space to become a village green, but it has to have been used by at least five people to walk their dogs or play for at least thirty years.

“We already have some people who have said that they have done this, but we need more before we can progress. The field is completely open but we don’t know who owns it although this apparently makes no difference. It is only about 150 yards down Hawksfold Lane East, backing onto South Leys.

“Surrounded by trees and hedges it could make an ideal extra village green,” said Kate.

Anyone who has used it for 30 years or more should contact Kate Melia via the Fernhurst Centre.

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