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.

Well, Priory Fields has done it again! For 8 years running we have been awarded the Green Flag Award as one of the very best green spaces in the country!¬†¬†Only 16 locations in the Chelmsford area won this year and Priory Fields got Maximum marks for the highest possible environmental …