We are delighted that the Big Picnic, which we organised jointly with the High Wycombe Society on Wycombe Rye on Sunday 9 August, was a huge success.
The event was to celebrate the rescue of The Rye from a road scheme 50 years ago as well as marking our 150th anniversary.
Says Jackie Kay, the High Wycombe Society’s chairman: ‘We are thrilled that so many people came to enjoy the Rye in glorious sunshine. Families who had moved away returned to celebrate this special anniversary. There were many happy reunions here on The Rye on Sunday.’
Adds Kate Ashbrook, our general secretary: ‘Fifty years ago we helped the Rye Protection Society, the forerunner of the High Wycombe Society, to save The Rye from the proposed road scheme. It went all the way to Parliament. This was a fine example of our national organisation working with local people to protect a popular and vital green space. It is the kind of work we undertake, on a smaller scale, every day throughout England and Wales.’