The Play Lane sign carved onto the arched entrance had become partially covered in ivy and less clear to read. The ivy has now been removed and the letters have been stained to make them more obvious.
Work was done on the Green recently to clear the New Zealand Pygmy Weed from the pond. In past years it has been found that when the roots have formed a mat is the best time to remove as much as possible of this tenacious weed. At the same time... read more →
Don't forget that Play Lane Millennium Green wouldn't be here today without the generosity of the public, find out how you can support us by reading on. As Play Lane Millennium Green is open for everyone to enjoy, we must have Public Liability Insurance. We also have to carry out... read more →
The Green Gym will be visiting Play Lane Millennium Green on the following dates: May 16th 2018 August 22nd 2018 November 28th 2018
The Annual General Meeting of Play Lane Millennium Green Trust will take place on Friday November 17th 2017 at 2 p.m. By kind permission of the Management Committee of Ryde Lawn Tennis and Croquet club, Playstreet Lane, the meeting will be held in their newly constructed Clockhouse, which is a... read more →
Green Gym visit November 1st, 2017 Each year, about this time, the IW Green Gym give the Green an end of summer makeover. Although several small (but still important!) tasks were undertaken, the main event was to cut back all the growth at the Butterfly Meadow. Some of their previous... read more →
After a number of very wet visits recently, Green Gym members were delighted to have a warm sunny day for this weeks' trip to the Green! The hazard this time was road works in Playstreet Lane, so members had to park on the Binstead estate and bring all the tools... read more →
We are very pleased to announce that Play Lane Millennium Green has received the Green Flag Community Award for the sixth year in succession Our thanks go to all the people who help maintain the Green - the Trustees, the Green Gym and the dog walkers and passers by who... read more →
We are being inspected by Mike Fitt for It’s Your Neighbourhood at about 9.45 on Friday, 30th June 2017 if anyone is free to come along.
Great news for all of those who wish to donate and help maintain the Green! Play Lane Millenium Green has gone one extra step in making it easier for you, the welcome guests of the Green, to donate! Your donations mean everything to us, whatever the amount, large or small,... read more →
Once again in 2017, the Green Gym members will be lending us a hand to keep the Green in good shape. Their visits are scheduled for: Wednesday 17th May Wednesday 23rd August Wednesday 1st November New growth comes through the winter leaves on January 24th 2017, as the pond is frozen and sun... read more →
We are delighted to once again have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 2016, by the judges of the South & South East in Bloom competition. Our thanks go to all the people who put in much hard work to maintain the Green over the year.
The Green Gym paid us two more visits in 2016. After their very wet May vist, by contrast in August, temperatures were reaching 30 degrees and volunteers were glad to find some shade in which to work. Once again they tackled a variety of jobs, including trimming pathways, cutting back... read more →
We are delighted to announce that once again Play Lane Millennium Green has achieved Green Flag status in 2016. Many thanks go to the groups of people that help to maintain the Green from building walkways to picking up litter. Without your help we wouldn't have achieved this.
Over the past couple of months the Ryde MPCT students have paid several visits to the Green to assess the dipping platform and decide what materials were needed to provide an anti-slip surface, similar to that applied to the walkway in 2015. Old and torn netting was removed and later... read more →
Last autumn we planted yellow rattle seeds throughout the Green as it is a semi-parasitic plant that weakens grasses and allows more wild flowers to grow. We are pleased to report that the seeds have managed to germinate in three or four areas and the plants are now in flower... read more →
Some hardy Green Gym volunteers braved the weather and worked hard to lay new sections of path between the beach and the pond which had become very muddy and worn during the winter. They also patched other sections which were looking the worse for wear The team then moved up... read more →
The Green Gym will be working at the Green on the following dates in 2016: Wednesday 18th May Wednesday 31st August Wednesday 2nd November
Thanks to Roy and John who spent several hours yesterday widening the footbridge that leads down to the pond. It is now double its previous width and should make it safer for people with buggies to access the pond area February 29th 2016
Time and weather have taken their toll on paths and walkways. Several of the planks on the walkway had become worn at the edges and one was particularly bad, so on January 13th 2016 work was carried out replacing the damaged sections. The path that goes from the five barred... read more →
The AGM for Play Lane Millennium Green Trust will be held on Wednesday November 18th 2015 at 2 p.m. It will take place in the Pavilion of Ryde Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Playstreet Lane, Ryde, PO33 3LJ All are welcome to attend. We would like to thank Ryde Lawn... read more →
Despite overcast skies and previous heavy rain a large number of Green Gym members came to the Green on Wednesday November 4th 2015 for their third and final visit this year. They quickly got underway with scything the long grass in the Butterfly meadow and raking the debris off. Other... read more →
In the winter months the walkway can become very slippery from mud and algae on the surface and so it was decided to try and treat it to produce anti-slip properties. After some research it was decided, in collaboration with Brian Richardson, (one of the instructors at the Isle of Wight... read more →
Thanks to the Green Gym " Bloggist" for their report below on the second GG visit to the Green on Wednesday August 26th 2015. "Well we had a wet start, a wet middle and yes a wet ending. However as the photos indicate we were lucky enough to have a... read more →
Play Lane Millennium Green in Ryde will be flying the Green Flag Award once again this year as it joins more than 1,582 parks and green spaces throughout the UK awarded the prestigious mark of quality. The award from Keep Britain Tidy recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the... read more →
On May 13th the Green Gym's workers spent a morning thinning some of the abundantly growing hawthorn trees from the understorey to allow the developing hazel, field maple and ash a better chance to thrive. They will be visiting again later in the year. As always, we are very grateful... read more →
As part of an Island wide enterprise, The Big Tree Plant, we have been given twelve trees for the Green. Yes we already have a lot of trees but these are of different native species which when mature will provide more resources for wild life. Today we planted two "Wild... read more →
Having had some success with planting a small number of Bluebell bulbs in 2013 it was decided to invest in more bulbs and our Duke of Edinburgh Award student, Sam, was asked to carry this project forward. See his report here: Bluebell Planting. Photo credit: Shane Thornton.
A survey was carried out in July 2013 and repeated August 2014 to identify trees, plants, insects and birds on the Green. Eleven varieties of bird were seen and five types of butterfly. More than twenty species of trees and shrubs were found and there were over 70 types of ... read more →
"It’s Your Neighbourhood" is South & South East in Blooms major community participation programme, and is run on behalf of the RHS "Britain in Bloom" Campaigns. This programme focuses on community participation and judging takes into account Community Participation (40%) Environmental Responsibility (30%) Gardening Achievement (30% Brian attended the... read more →
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On August 27th 2014 the Green Gym paid us another visit and as usual did some useful work. This time they concentrated on clearing the scrub and bramble from the wooded areas and also some of the brambles and young willow trees on the Butterfly Meadow. One group concentrated on... read more →
On Saturday August 9th 2014 a group of supporters assembled at the Green to celebrate our third Green Flag Community Award with biscuits and bubbly. The Trust Chairman, Ian Jefferies, congratulated all those involved with maintaining the Green, in once again achieving the standard required by the mainland judges. The... read more →
We are delighted to announce that Play Lane Millennium Green has won a Green Flag Community Award for the third year running. Our thanks go to the many people who have helped us to achieve this: our Trustees and committee members, the Green Gym volunteers, the Military Academy students, the... read more →
On Tuesday January 21st 2014 a rowan tree was planted by the friends and family of Ruth Hartwell, (nee Edgcumbe), who died in October 2013. The foggy, damp weather gave way to a few shafts of sunshine, just as everyone arrived for the ceremony. The tree is sited on the... read more →
It is exciting to report that two types of orchid are now growing on the Green. An Early Purple orchid was noticed about a month ago and currently (mid June) Common Spotted Orchids can be seen.
Another visit by the Green Gym resulted in many of the brambles from the Butterfly meadow being dug up, some of the overhanging growth cleared from the paths and preliminary work done on identifyting wild life in the stream to try and assess the purity of the water. Kick samples... read more →
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On Wednesday May 7th 2014, twenty six students and two instructors from the The Military Preparation College at Haylands visited the Green en masse and worked extremely hard moving about 15 tons of limestone from a depot at the top of the green, onto the sections of footpaths which have... read more →
If you would like to help with maintaining the area please watch this space! Apart from visits by the Green Gym, usually with around three dozen volunteers, we also hold smaller working parties as and when required. Recently half a dozen people cleared re-growing brambles from the Butterfly Meadow, to... read more →
January 2014 has been exceptionally wet and some of the paths are showing signs of wear, becoming very muddy in a few places. We hope to buy more stone in the spring and repair the worst areas. Transporting the stone down the bridle path is the main problem, but there... read more →
Another summer has passed and work continues on the Green. The area around the entrance arch has been frequently strimmed to encourage grass growth and it is planned to continue cutting back nettles and mares tails to enlarge this section. Some of the trees near the five barred gate... read more →
We are delighted to announce that we have been recognised for a Green Flag Community Award. These awards are given to high quality green spaces in England & Wales, which are managed by voluntary and community groups. A flag raising ceremony will take place today July 21st 2012 with M.P. Andrew Turner... read more →
The recent strong winds fortunately caused very little damage to the trees on the Green apart from on either side of the stream near the wooden bridge. Two trees which were already dead, had partially fallen and were threatening to block the stream if left. These have now been removed.... read more →
We are sad to report the recent death of Lesley Skoludek, one of the founding Trustees of the Green. It was due to Lesley's vision and foresight that the possibility of creating a Millennium Green was first considered. She identified a potential area of land and made the initial approaches... read more →
A work-in was held on Saturday November 5th, the main priority being to cut back the grass in the Butterfly Meadow and to remove the resultant debris so that the soil is not enriched by its decomposition.Wild flowers do best in poor soils and we need flowers to encourage insects and bees.... read more →
A small work-in was held on the Green on May 11th to finish laying a footpath on the beach area by the pond using the remaining stone chippings on a geotextile base as before. The path leading to the bridge accessed through the archway has now been strengthened and ramped... read more →
We have had a very successful two days working on the Green and have laid nearly 25 tons of limestonechippings on a geotextile base and now almost all the footpaths have a good walking surface. At the moment the paths look very stark but we know from past experience that... read more →
Ian and Steve have now cut down the majority of the trees that needed thinning and most of the resulting debris has now been piled or burnt Work on the footpaths is planned for next week, starting Tuesday April 5th. Andrew Mills of D. W. Mills and son will be our contractor bringing... read more →
A ditch has been dug alongside the previously very wet path in the Butterfly meadow and this has been very successful in draining the water. Marking the oak trees which will need to be thinned has started and work on felling will get underway within the next few weeks if... read more →
We are starting a new drive to raise money for the necessary insurance and maintenance costs of the Green. We would like to ask regular users of the Green to give a small annual donation of £5 to £10 per annum. This can be done by way of the Everyclick website or by... read more →
The Co-operative Community Fund has awarded us a small grant for which are very grateful. This money will be used to complete, as far as possible, the upgrading of the footpaths in the areas of the Green which still get very muddy in the winter. Work is planned to start... read more →
The Green was at its most wintery earlier this year after heavy snowfalls. This was followed by what seemed like weeks of rain and the stream could be heard from some distance away as it carried extra volumes of water. At last the weather is improving and the Spring programme... read more →
We have recently heard that a Tree Preservation Order has been confirmed and applied to the whole of the Green. This means that anyone who damages trees on the site in any way, would face prosecution and a large fine. If you use the Green regularly, please email us and... read more →
We were delighted to hear in December that we have been awarded a grant from Grassroots so that we can improve the footpaths throughout the Green, many of which become muddy and slippery in wet weather. The plan is to lay geotextile in strips about a metre wide and then... read more →
We had another very useful visit from the Green Gym last week. The pond was once again cleared of the very invasive "Parrot Weed" and some tidying up was done of the vandalised areas, habitat piles being created from a number of the dead branches. Some progress was made on... read more →
Why not help us raise money for the Green in a very simple way? Just use Everyclick as your Internet Search Engine and nominate "Play Lane Millennium Green Trust" as your favourite charity, and every time you search the web using Everyclick you will raise a small amount of money... read more →
We have been saddened by a spate of strange episodes of vandalism on the Green and neighbouring land. A chainsaw has been used to sever the trunks of nearly two dozen trees in an apparently random manner. The trees range in size from 3" diameter oaks up to a 65... read more →
The Green Gym spent their first of (hopefully many) very productive mornings at the Green in June. They cleared a lot of brambles from the Butterfly Meadow and built two footbridges and a new "squeeze" entrance at the SW corner of the site. More than thirty volunteers from all walks of life,... read more →
Due to the wet winter, planned clearance of the brambles on the butterfly meadow has had to be put on hold. This will enable the Whitethroats to nest and raise their chicks in peace.
Ryde Town Management Committee kindly donated £300 towards erecting fencing and repositioning the gate at the south east entrance. This will help to prevent unauthorised use by horses and motor bikes.
We were delighted that the MP Andrew Turner attended our “non-sponsored” dog walk whilst recovering from his stroke.
Unfortunately, the dipping platform has suffered some vandalism. The hand rail was ‘removed’ and some of the safety grip netting was also damaged. Plans for repairs are underway.
Play Lane Millennium Green website finally launched – expect more updates soon.