The woodland area bordering Egford lane playing field and Leys Vale Estate has been accessible to the public for more than 40 years. It has been used by the public as a place to enjoy and explore with children for as long as anyone can remember. It is also an important space for wildlife, including bats, hedgehogs, slow-worms and owls.
The land was purchased in December 2017 and in January 2018 several mature trees were cut down and large areas of undergrowth and shrubbery cleared. A temporary Woodland Protection Order was put in place and Mendip Council are now in the process of deciding whether to make that Order permanent. We feel it is important to protect the land for future generations and the best way of doing this is to have it declared a Village Green. This would ensure the land could be returned to a natural habitat and enjoyed by all local people in perpetuity. We have already submitted our Village Green application to Somerset County Council, but in order for our claim to be successful we need to prove that the land has been used without obstruction for at least 20 years. So far we have collected testimonies from over 30 local people about their use of the land dating back to 1956. We need funding to pay for legal advice and to pay the expenses of volunteers who are currently gathering further information from local residents to support our claim.
Any donations towards our work securing the land for future generations would be very gratefully received.