Little Clacton Meadow Millennium Green
The Meadow Millennium Green is an area of natural beauty situated at the corner of Elm Road and the Street, Little Clacton. It was purchased from the Essex County Council in the Spring of the year 2001 by the Meadow Millennium Green Trust (now a registered charity) at the cost of £10,500. The money was gained from two different sources – The Millennium Commission, brought about by the Government, supported by funds from the National Lottery for such purposes, and Little Clacton Parish Council. The idea was to create a green wild area to be enjoyed by the local community. Trees to be set, wild flowers to be planted, hedgerows to be laid out as well as existing ones to be tidied up, a wildlife pond to be dug and lined, a fence along the road to be erected, as well as a disabled access, and bird boxes for owls, kestrels and small birds to be positioned.
Obviously, over years of weathering, various parts of the Green now require a make-over and there are projects planned to replace fencing and bushes (on the Elm Road boundary) which no longer give cover for the birds and small mammals which have been seen in the area, the pond also has become overgrown and doves have taken over the owl box. Some serious work is therefore planned for the coming months as soon as enough money is raised through fund raising events and applications for Grants.
During his term as our District Councillor, Peter Balbirnie was donated with bird boxes by a local businessman and these were to be erected in the spinney on the Millennium Green. Peter made arrangements with Pauline the Headteacher of Little Clacton Pre-school and, together with children, parents and Millennium Green committee members, attended the Green, and the children decided on which trees they wanted the bird boxes erected. It is hoped that the children will enjoy the part they have played and will visit the Green from time to time to see if their boxes are being used by various species of birds which frequent the area.
The photo is of those who attended.
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A stall has been held at the Plough Corner Boot Sales each Sunday this summer and we are planning a BBQ and other events to raise funds for the Millennium Green, as well as applying for grants for the major projects such as the fencing and pond work.