Maresfield Village Meadows Trust

 

 

About us

 

Maresfield is a village in the Parish of Maresfield in East Sussex which consists of the three villages of Maresfield, Fairwarp and Nutley.

 

Maresfield has a large Conservation area which includes the Grade 1 Listed Building of St. Bartholomew’s Church C12 and some 26 Grade 2 Listed buildings in its High Street.

 

Normans Pond and Woodland, the first acquisition of the Maresfield Village Meadows Trust (MVMT) can be found in the western corner of the village off the A272 and may also be accessed via a pedestrian travel route from the village. The attractive and natural pond and woodland has never been open to the public although the pond has been used for village fishing activities for some decades before the land was taken over by East Sussex County Council (ESCC) for the construction of a by-pass to the north of Uckfield, East Sussex.

 

The area became surplus to the requirements of the ESCC and in early 2013 was offered to the village as an open space for public use under the control of the Maresfield Conservation Group (MCG) who although accepting the proposal the Executive Committee considered that ownership and support of the site might not be compatible with its Constitution and offered the site to the newly formed Maresfield Village Meadows Trust (MVMT) together with a grant of £1,000 that it had already allocated to the project.

 

The MVMT was formed as an un-registered Charity on the 1st May 2013 and adopted as a Registered Charity on the 7th November 2014 and entered on the Register of Charities on 4th December 2014. Its Objects within its Constitution are expressly to promote for the benefit of the inhabitants of Maresfield and surrounding area the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation for the public at large in the interests of social welfare and with the object of improving the condition of life of the said residents and inhabitants. Also to promote for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment in Maresfield and the surrounding area.

 

In order to achieve its Objects the Charity may acquire by purchase, lease or licence any woodlands, ponds, wetlands and meadowlands within the Maresfield area including a potentially large area of land allocated for a designated number of homes under the Wealden District Council Core Strategy. The owners of this land having agreed that in the event of the Development proceeding, the land not used in the Development, an estimated thirty acres, just over ten hectares of meadowlands and woodland, would be returned to the village with its ownership and control to be held by a Trust in perpetuity. This potential land acquisition remains on going and may not be resolved for some time and for that reason the (MVMT) title incorporates the name Meadows within its title.