THE trustees of Wem Millennium Green are looking for new members to join the fold.

The green was officially opened in Aston Street in December, 2001, after Wem successfully won a grant from the Millennium Commission.

The objective behind the commission was to celebrate the turn of the millennium by establishing a number of green spaces throughout the country, that could not be build on for 1,000 years.

There were 230 awards granted nationally and Wem successfully won one of these, allowing the former burial ground to be turned into the Millennium Green.

Two decades later, and the volunteers who maintain the site are looking for new members to help carry on the work.

Phil Moyse, trustee chairman, says the group are 'desperate' for new green-fingered volunteers.

"Our wonderful green was officially opened on Thursday, December 6, 2001," said Phil.

"A terrific team of unpaid trustees and volunteers headed by chairman Linda Etherington, managed to convert this run-down area into a public area, that can be used for having a peaceful time for relaxing and reflection, there are benches generously donated by the town council local businesses and organisations.

"It provides a public open space which differs from other in the town through its atmosphere of tranquillity is ideal place have a picnic and or hold a function.

"It is owned by the people of Wem and administrated on their behalf by a group of trustees.

"The trustees welcome use of the green by local groups and are happy for commercial enterprises to hire the facilities.

"Maintenance of the Millennium Green garden is a vital part that needs looking after, we are desperately looking for some of you with green fingers to join our voluntary group.

"If you feel you would like to become a trustee or a volunteer give us some help to preserve this lovely area please contact me on 01939 233533 or by email"