Nestled between the villages of Laverstoke and Freefolk sits a hidden gem known as the Millennium Green. A public recreation space managed by its own charitable trust, the site includes an old watercress bed which now provides a home for wildlife such as dragonflies and waterfowl.
Although wide enough at its source to be considered a pond, this body of water is essentially a chalk stream habitat. Fed directly from the chalk aquifer - those with eagle eyes might spot the bubbling of underwater springs - it has a noticeable flow even at its broadest point. At its lower end it tapers into a stretch of stream, which then joins with the nearby main channel of the Upper Test.
This part of the Millennium Green is much loved by local people, but could previously be a tricky place to visit. The land around the water was boggy and overgrown, making for a difficult walk even in wellies, and the village communities were keen to improve access to the area. After extensive consultation, we delivered this through Watercress and Winterbournes in May 2021.