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.
At the AGM of the Essex Wildlife Trust on 3rd October 2015 the Friends of Priory Fields were announced as winners of the Living Landscape Award. This award is presented to parks, nature reserves, councils or landowners who have taken practical steps to protect and enhance the local landscape. Paul …Read more >>