A celebration at Wittersham, Kent

8 February 2018

Mavis King is pictured immediately to the left of the boulder

Twenty-five years ago our member Mavis King succeeded in getting Poplar Farm field and pond, at Wittersham in Kent, registered as a village green, VG235. The 1.5-acre site was threatened with developers and, with our help, Mavis saved it.

On 16 November 2017 Mavis unveiled a plaque, which was fixed to a three-ton boulder of Leicester granite, at a ceremony on the green. The chairman of the parish council pronounced that the land was safe for ever. The village primary-school children each tapped the boulder in recognition of this splendid legacy.

Says our general secretary, Kate Ashbrook: ‘The unveiling of the plaque on Poplar Farm field is a significant moment in the history of this land.

The plaque proclaims that the land is a registered village green and therefore that local people have the right to enjoy this precious place for ever more. We congratulate Mavis for her persistence and determination in registering this land as a green, and are delighted that it is now protected.’