Selby Meadow team backed again by Uckfield Town Council

An action group which has taken responsibility for Selby Meadow has been given a ten-year licence from Uckfield Town Council to enable it to continue with its work.

The operation of the licence for Selby Meadow will be reviewed every three years.

The meadow is a wildlife haven in Newtown for local people and for those across the town to enjoy.

Velda Reed spoke for the Newtown Action Group when members of the town council considered issuing a new licence.

Velda Reed

Velda Reed, one of the people who have transformed a derelict piece of land into Selby Meadow, a tranquil wildlife haven. File photograph.

She outlined the recent history of the land and said local residents started clearing the land in 2010 and the council issued a one-year licence in 2011 when Newton Action Group was formed.

The licence was subsequently renewed for a three-year period and then five years.

She told councillors: “It is a peaceful place to visit, whether to sit and relax and listen to the birds, watch the squirrels, bring children to explore and play in a natural environment, have a children’s party, or just pass through on your way to the school, playing field or hospital.

No chemicals

“We would like you (the town council) to consider a new ten-year licence so that we can continue to improve and care for this space, providing a rare place of peace and reflection in a busy world.”

The land is managed without the use of chemicals.

The action group was supported by Cllr Helen Firth, who spoke as a member of Wealden District Council.


She said Selby Meadow was a “fantastic space, peaceful and quiet” with the loveliest oak tree.

At one time, the land was considered as having potential for housing but planning permission was never granted.

Town councillors quickly approved the application for a ten-year licence, noting how important was to protect Uckfield’s open spaces which were of great value to residents.

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