This land has a chequered history. It stands on what is virtually an island between the Colne Brook and the millstream from the Colne Brook. The original mill that gave Thorney Mill Road its name stood on the north side of the road between the two streams and this land on the south side was the site of the mill barn. The land eventually passed into local authority ownership. It was offered for sale and eventually was owned by a family of travellers who built on the site without planning permission and there followed a protracted legal action which finally resulted in the land being compulsorily purchased by South Bucks District. It was left in a disgusting state for many years.
Richings Park Resident’s Association encouraged by South Bucks District and supported by Ground Work Thames Valley applied for a grant from “Living Spaces” to establish a community garden on this site. With support in kind from Bardons (Aggregate Industries), and Simpsons, financial grants from South Bucks District, Ground Work Thames Valley and the Residents’ Association and money from a local resident’s companies a total project expenditure of over £43,000 has resulted in the creation of this community garden.
The Chairman of South Bucks District Council officially opened the garden on Sunday 2nd April at 2pm when all those who were involved in the regeneration of this site were in attendance. Music was provided by the West Wycombe Brass band and a bar and light refreshments were laid on.
Following the garden's completion, on-going maintenance has fallen to the Residents' Association to perform. This has been done by outsourcing to a local contractor at a cost to the Association's funds. We are now fortunate that a sponsor has come forward, Paynes Metal Recycling on the Court Lane Industrial Estate. Paynes have made a donation to our funds that covers these costs for this year, 2008-2009.