The Tiptoe Green is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when members of a community work together for the good of the whole. The story of how it came into being began in September 2008, when the 4.2 acre field in the centre of Tiptoe went on the market for £95,000. Residents were concerned that the land might be used for housing development, or could even become a neglected eyesore. Following the closure of the Post Office, Tiptoe needed a new focal point. The idea of a village green was born.

Tiptoe Green very waterlogged

The first community meeting took place on 24th September 2008. Just one week later, Tiptoe residents had pledged £24,000 towards the village green project, with a further loan of £20,000. A local vet also offered to buy the smaller piece of the field as grazing for her rare breeds of sheep.

The sale of the field was initially to be by sealed bids, which presented huge problems. The “working party” contacted the two families selling the land directly. They were delighted to help the project, and a total price of £110,000 was agreed. Hordle Parish Council then awarded an extremely generous grant of £35,000.

Photograph of volunteers erecting fencing

The working party needed official legal status, and on 11th June 2009 The Tiptoe Green Trust was created. The next step was to approach the National Park Planning Authority. The Trust designed an informal open central area, with wildlife and wildflower areas around it. The planning process was finally completed on 20th October 2009 when the use of the land was formally changed to amenity land.

There was still much work to do to transform the field. Grants were received from the Big Lottery, Hampshire County Council, Sway Parish Council, The Woodland Trust, New Forest National Park Authority and the Hampshire Playing Fields Association. This enabled the Trust to build an all-weather path, a pedestrian bridge and gate, a new vehicular gate, erect fencing, purchase a wonderful tractor mower and buy pounds of seeds, over 6000 bulbs, and over 1000 shrubs and trees.

People from Tiptoe and further afield also gave generously of their time. Volunteers have tackled hedge laying, digging and planting, and loans of diggers and tractors helped with the hard landscaping.

Tiptoe Green opening day

The Tiptoe Green officially opened on 29th April 2011, on the sunny afternoon of the Royal Wedding, and over 400 people attended. The event included morris dancers, maypole dancing, dog displays, games and races, music, royal wedding fancy dress, a bouncy castle, beer tent, raffle, tombola, tractor display and community picnic. The Trust is already planning a similar event for the Diamond Jubilee.

The Tiptoe Green Trust would like to sincerely thank the Williams and Kyle families, Hordle Parish Council, Janine Redman, the New Forest National Park Authority, and the excellent people of Tiptoe for making this community project a most outstanding success.

To download a complete history of the Tiptoe Green, please click here.

To download a copy of the management plan, please click here.

If you require any further information please click here and type in the application no 09/94125.

Border of meadow grass

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