LOVER GREEN ASSOCIATION
Lover Green Association (LGA) was formed in 2012 when Redlynch Parish Council handed over the responsibility for running and maintaining the Green to a committee made up of volunteers from the community. The trustees of LGA have signed a 50 year lease from the Parish Council. Lover Green was formerly Lover & Redlynch Primary School playingfields. When the school closed in 2006 the field was largely neglected, apart from periodic mowing, until it was acquired by the Parish Council and handed over to the community to manage. Over the past few years we have achieved a huge amount with the help of the local community and many willing volunteers. We secured a grant to purchase a mower and have held a number of fundraising events to raise funds to help towards the on-going maintenance costs, including a, ‘Lover’s Got Talent’ show, ‘Safari Supper’ and a ‘Pop up Punjabi’ restaurant in the village hall. The biggest event in our calendar is 'The Lover Fayre' which is held on the first Saturday of July each year. The event attracts people from far and wide and includes all the attractions of a traditional village Fayre. In the evening, after the Fayre, we host a picnic with live music - you can't beat watching the sun set over the Green with a cold drink and live music!
We hold regular ‘Working Parties’ on a Saturday morning where over 30 men, women and children of all ages from the local community come along to the Green with various tools and set to work pruning, strimming and cutting which has resulted in a vast improvement to the Green. We also obtain support and advice from a New Forest National Park Authority Ranger, Craig Daters, who attends our committee meetings and on his recommendation we have left areas of grass uncut and created beetle friendly woodpiles to enhance the biodiversity of the Green. He is also assisting and advising us with the pond restoration project. If you would like to volunteer to help please contact the Secretary, Mar Copp, on email@example.com.