Suffolk parish joy at cash windfall

RESIDENTS of a small parish are celebrating the award by the Countryside Agency of a £54,000 grant to help create a village green.Brundish, near Framlingham, comprising 70 homes and a population of less than 300, currently has no public open space where children can play and the community can hosts open air events.

RESIDENTS of a small parish are celebrating the award by the Countryside Agency of a £54,000 grant to help create a village green.

Brundish, near Framlingham, comprising 70 homes and a population of less than 300, currently has no public open space where children can play and the community can hosts open air events.

However, the Countryside Agency grant , which amounts to 70% of the total costs involved, will create a two-acre village green on what is currently arable land.

Farmer Gerald Western, has agreed to sell the land at its agricultural value to enable the project to go ahead.


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Work is expected to start in June when the existing crop is harvested.

Emma Henchoz , chairman of the Doorstep Green Action Group at Brundish, said although the old village school had been turned into a community hall to mark the Millennium, there was no public open space for outdoor activities.

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"For several years people of all ages have said they would like a village green where children can play and adults can meet together as a village. Parents currently have to take their children to neighbouring villages or Framlingham," she said.

A group of villagers had got together to pursue the dream of creating a village green and, courtesy of the Countryside Agency, it would now become a reality.

The green project will include the construction of a surfaced car park, a shelter, a barbecue area and various "adventure" mounds and tracks.

"There is a lot of hard work ahead but we look forward to involving all the village in this exciting project," Mrs Henchoz added.

david.green@eadt.co.uk

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