Grove Lake was purchased by the Parish Council in 1971 from Mr James Martin for £25,000 to be turned into public open space.

Today the lake is a much loved open space in the centre of the village enjoyed by all ages. The ducks, swan and occasional goose are a big attraction, especially to young families.

The board walk, which was built in 2006 in memory of tireless local conservationist Peter More, has provided all year access to the back lake. This area is currently being planted with a variety of indigenous wild plants and shrubs. With spring flowers and autumn leaves, together these should introduce more colour into the area and encourage greater diversity of wild life. The project is funded and supported by the Essex Biodiversity Project for whose advice and practical help and that of Mr Fred Boot, we are very grateful.

The recently erected seat in memory of John Pamphillion (a Parish Councillor for many years), was paid for by local contributions and  is a very fitting reminder of a local resident who kept a very caring and watchful eye on the lake and its inhabitants.