Millennium Greens were a government initiative to celebrate the turn of the Millennium and were designed to be ‘attractive places for people to take air and exercise, meet others and pursue leisure activities and pastimes consistent with the shared enjoyment of the whole of the land’. They had to include significant natural areas where nature and wildlife could be enjoyed at first hand. The Pateley Bridge Millennium Green contains woodland, a wildlife pond, a children’s garden, open areas and paths for walking, picnic areas and public seats and a cycle track for children. The Council has been the sole managing trustee of the Millennium Green since 2010 when the original trustees asked them to take over responsibility. It cuts the grass, safety inspects and maintains the cycle track, empties the waste bins, carries out litter picking, plants bulbs, cleans the pond, and is responsible for inspecting and maintaining the woodland. It is supported in this by the Parish Caretaker, Jim Benson, volunteers from the AONB, some individual residents and by the Scouts. It is used by local children in the Forest School and recently for the first time by the Nidderdale Angling Club to host a very successful Juniors’ Day when youngsters were taught fly casting, fly tying and insect recognition.