Residents of Llangollen are concerned about the sale by auction of meadow land at the northern edge of town.
Pump Field is nearly five acres of beautiful meadow, nicknamed “buttercup meadow” by many due to it’s flowers in summertime.
It is an open space used by many locals and in COVID restrictions especially it provided a perfect outdoor meeting place close to the town but away from more crowded areas. In winter it’s a popular place for families to go sledging.
An action group named Llangollen Green Spaces has been formed to prioritise an effort to fundraise and buy the land to secure it for the community into the future.
The group’s vision is to “safeguard green spaces in and around Llangollen for public access and community use and to improve biodiversity”.
There will be a “Mid-May Midday” gathering on the field tomorrow (Sunday 15th May) on the last weekend that current access arrangements apply before the land sale.
The action group is encouraging people to show their support by bringing family and friends, with picnics, to the field from 12pm.
Their spokesperson Sarah Marshall said: “We don’t have much time to secure this field for the town, as bidding closes at 3pm on May 17th. We have tried contacting the owner for more time and we have set up crowd-funding for a collective bid in order to try and prevent it being developed, as so much of the land around the town recently has.
"Local people need outdoor places to exercise, play and relax, and we really don’t have many open spaces like this within walking distance. We are also applying to register the paths across the field as public rights of way. Anyone who may be able to help is welcome to make contact."
Ms Marshall said the charity Green Paw Project is working in partnership with Llangollen Green Spaces to buy Pump Field and develop it as a community asset.
Their spokesperson Ste Chesters said: “We would love to work with the community in Llangollen to secure a future for this land that keeps it accessible and showcases a regenerative approach to land management."
* Link to the crowdfunding website is: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/protectpumpfield