The Friends of the Green

Central to our village and a significant focal point, Great Bentley Village Green is arguably the largest Village Green in England (some say in the UK).  It was 42.5 acres when measured in 2000.

“The Friends of The Green” committee was established many years ago:

  • To assist in the maintenance and improvement of Great Bentley Village and its Green
  • To promote functions to raise funds for the above
  • To report to the Parish Council actual or potential encroachment on or misuse of the Green
  • To encourage tidiness and prevent litter on the area of the Green and the Village

The Green was originally registered as common land. In the 1960s the Parish Council purchased the manorial rights of the Green on behalf of the village.  This changed the status of our Green in a very significant way, giving it special protection for future generations.

Through various events such as Open Gardens and Table Top Sales have raised funds over the years and have supported village organisations and other village events with funds. Recent examples are the purchase of bulbs for the spinney, the village Jubilee celebrations and planters for the green.

“The Friends” are keen to continue to represent the best interests of the Green and will continue to fundraise and hold events throughout the year in order to support our Green and our village community.  Our events are regularly posted on the parish website.  Find the dates on the Events Diary and full details of the event under News.

If you have any ideas or suggestions or want to raise an issue regarding the green, if you wish to see it protected or report damage, do not hesitate to let us know.

Mick Dorling is Chairman and he can be contacted at Or you could stop him whilst he is mowing the green – I’m sure you’re all familiar with that blue tractor!

If you have an interest in becoming a member of THE FRIENDS, new members are very welcome.

Ken Drew
Hon. Secretary
Friends of the Green