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playlanePlay Lane Millennium Green in Ryde has received the Green Flag Community Award for the second year running.

The green is four acres of naturally regenerated oak woodland off Play Lane, on the south-west outskirts of Ryde, and was opened in 2001 by Alan Titchmarsh.  Formerly grazed meadowland, the area has developed into woodland since the cessation of grazing in the 1980s.

Local residents, with the help of the Countryside Agency, bought the land at the turn of the century to celebrate the Millennium; it is now being managed by trustees and other volunteers to ensure that it is of maximum benefit to the wildlife that lives in and around it, as well as the people who use it for recreation.

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Pam Sim, secretary of Play Lane Millennium Green Trust, said:

“We’re thrilled to receive this award again.  It recognises the year-round hard work put into the Green by the trustees and other volunteers for the benefit of the public; we know from their comments that they appreciate the special feel of the area.”

To celebrate this great achievement there will be a flag-raising ceremony, complete with refreshments, on the Green on Saturday 10th August, at 2.30pm.  Anyone with an interest in the Green is welcome to attend.

More information is on the Trust’s website:, or from Pam Sim on 01983 566040.

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