Inspired by a wider campaign to create Pocket Parks, small opens spaces for public use, the late John Artiss was the driving force behind obtaining a Nature Reserve for Bildeston. John promoted and sold the idea to Bildeston Parish Council, working tirelessly to find a suitable site and negotiate purchase, declining generous peppercorn rented options on route. Bildeston Parish Council purchased Kings Pightle in 1994 Supported by a grant from Babergh DC.
On his death, John ensured that his vision was followed through making a generous bequest to Bildeston PC for the “purchase and upkeep “ of land to be used for nature projects.
A great deal of planning was undertaken, consulting with and commissioning reports from leading nature groups such as Suffolk Wildlife Trust. A development proposal and more recently a maintenance plan.
The ironic point about slow progress in developing the park is that the lack of intervention on the park, has strengthened it; allowing it to return naturally from its former over managed agricultural use. The diversity of species now established on the park and the importance of the habitat is confirmed by SWT.
Kings Pightle was opened in September 2010 By Mr David Halls chairman