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Bradwell Parish Council in Derbyshire has registered the Peace Garden as a village green. This will ensure that this small triangle in the heart of the village is safe for ever. Derbyshire County Council, the commons and greens registration authority, confirmed the registration on 10 May.
The Open Spaces Society, which is the leading organisation concerned with the protection of greens, is delighted at Bradwell Parish Council’s initiative.
Says the society’s case officer Nicola Hodgson: ‘Bradwell Parish Council has shown a fine example to other councils throughout England and Wales, by voluntarily registering land in its ownership as a green. This confirms the rights of local people to enjoy the land for informal recreation, and protects the land from encroachment and development.
‘The Peace Garden may be small, but it is very special, and much loved by the people of Bradwell as a place for relaxation and refreshment.
‘We congratulate the parish council for showing the way.’