For many years last century, the 3½ acres of Brooks Field was threatened with development. It had been an orchard, then became a butterfly farm, and eventually a meadow for growing dried flowers. In 2000, however the land and adjacent millpond were kindly sold to the Parish Council by its owner, a local farmer, who agreed that the field should be maintained as a public open space.
The Parish Council decided to keep the area in its relatively natural state – managing things, but with a few changes. The hedges on either side of the field have been restored, old metal gates replaced with wooden ones, and wild flowers encouraged. The pond is cleared annually of the vigorous growth of reeds and watercress by local volunteers.
A community wood, comprising of specialist oak trees, has been planted in the top corner of the field and will be known locally, as ‘Roys Wood’, in memory of the late Councillor Roy Hood who lived in the village all his life and served on Loose Parish Council for over 40 years. Roy was a keen environmentalist and a great lover of trees, so it was felt that this would be a fitting tribute and bring enjoyment to all visitors to Brooks Field. An information board has now been installed giving details on the trees and foliage. In due course a naming plaque will be installed and officially unveiled.
At a Parish Council meeting held on the 18th May 2015 it was resolved that dogs are NOT allowed onto the field and neither will there be any designated ‘dog’ areas. There may be exceptions but ONLY if requests are submitted to Loose Parish Council and formally agreed, in advance of the event. Organisations are expected to monitor this on the day and ensure the field is clean afterwards.