SCORES of residents have shown their support for the creation of a village green in Ore.
Members of Ore Community Land Trust and Ore Valley Action have campaigned for years to save Speckled Wood from development and improve the woodland valley.
A meeting was held on Saturday (June 14) by trust members at the Salvation Army Hall in Old London Road, which drew in scores of visitors.
Ian Sier, chairman of Ore Community Land Trust, said: “The meeting about the village green plan for Ore was well-attended by residents, supporters of the campaign to save Speckled Wood and ward councillors.
“It demonstrated the local support and enthusiasm for this project and produced lots of interesting ideas for what a village green could provide.
“Some people walked into the top part of Speckled Wood behind the hall to see for themselves the area of land that has been identified for a village green.
“We have posted a survey form on our Facebook page which has also generated a lot of interest and response.
“So far 120 completed survey forms have been received, with 97 per cent in favour of a village green for Ore.”
Ideas put forward by local residents included flower beds, picnic benches, artwork, lighting, a maypole and a sensory garden for people with vision impairments.
There was also a lot of interest from visitors in holding community events such as fairs, fetes, musical events and open air film shows in the planned performance space.
Mr Sier told the Observer: “We are very pleased with the positive community response to the village green proposal and the new ideas for what it could provide.
“We would encourage anyone interested in the concept of a village green for Ore to fill in a survey form available from the Ore branch library or on our Facebook page. We will keep this consultation open for a month or so.
“The next stage will be to get some layout and landscaping design work and costings for this and for the amenities that could be provided and seek funding.
“The village green project will become a realistic proposition once the council plans to designate a large part of Speckled Wood as protected urban green space are approved.”