These fields originally formed part of a large area of land owned by Bicknacre Priory, which dates back to c1150. Part of that land later became known as Priory Farm. The farm was sold in 2001 and 7 acres, including the remaining Priory Arch, were given to the local parish.

Woodham Ferrers and Bicknacre Parish Council formed a volunteer group called the Friends of Priory Fields who are responsible for developing and maintaining these peaceful surroundings for the benefit of the local and wider community. In 2007 the Friends purchased a further 25 acres, with the aid of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, to create the landscape as seen today.

It might be a bit late for this summer but visitors to the fields will now see five new picnic benches installed in the picnic area just inside the East Meadow. They have been purchased by the Friends with a grant from Awards for All which is┬ápart of the National …