Friends of Pevensey Green
Pevensey Green is situated in the middle of a housing development in Newbold. Officially designated as an "amenity area", it is approximately the size of a football pitch and is surrounded on all four sides by roads, houses and flats.
The group Friends of Pevensey Green was formed in 2005 to convert an area of ravaged and muddy grass into a beautiful area for everyone to enjoy, incidentally safeguarding the wellbeing of the residents living in its immediate vicinity.
In the next few years, the area was transformed. Money was raised to enable a path for pedestrians to cross the green diagonally. Members of the group planted trees, shrubs and flowers. A dedicated trio mowed the grass and continue to do so.
Planting a tree
Insurance and fuel for the lawn mowers is covered by fundraising and donations from supporters, some of whom for health reasons, cannot be actively involved.
Volunteers adopt one or more trees, surrounding them with winter and summer plants of their own choice and at their own expense.
In 2006 and 2007 the Friends of Pevensey Green entered the Neighbourhood Section of the East Midlands in Bloom competition, obtaining a credit in their first attempt and a Highly Commended, the highest award in the following year. Also in 2007, Chesterfield Borough Council presented a Certificate of Commendation and donated a Mountain Ash tree to plant on the Green.
In 2008 the Friends of Pevensey Green were asked to take part in Chesterfield's entry for the Britain in Bloom competition. The judges presented them with a Special Judges Award. The group were also asked to participate in Chesterfield's entry in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. A Derbyshire Excellence in the Community Award was presented in 2011.