CAMPAIGNERS today said they were delighted after a High Court judge upheld a decision to register Warneford Meadow in Oxford as a Town Green.

The 18 acres of grassland is situated behind the Warneford Hospital, between Headington and East Oxford.

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust wants to sell the meadow for development but the Friends of Warneford Meadow have fought to protect the land by having it registered as a Town Green.

Town Green status was awarded to the land in April last year by Oxfordshire County Council, under the Commons Registration Act but the health trust appealed.

Today, Judge David Waksman upheld the council’s decision.

Following the judge’s decision, the trust issued a statement saying it would “not proceed to a further appeal”.

Friends of Warneford Meadow spokesman Paul Deluce said: “I was overjoyed to read Judge Waksman’s judgment dismissing the NHS appeal.”