It was good to wake up to news of the Queen’s christmas message in which she will say: ‘In the parks of towns and cities, and on village greens up and down the country, countless thousands of people every week give up their time to participate in sport and exercise of all sorts, or simply encourage others to do so.’
Saving village greens is core work for the Open Spaces Society, and we were delighted to have this royal endorsement of their value to communities.
Our precious open spaces are under constant threat of development and encroachment. You can register land as a village green if it has been used by local people for 20 years, for informal recreation without being stopped and without asking permission. Once registered the land is safe from development.
So my christmas message is get out there and enjoy your green, and if it’s not registered make it your new year resolution to get on with it.