Autumn 2016

Welcome

Still Green!

Six of our parks in Hertsmere are still officially among the best in the UK! 

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that a park or green space has the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

 Parks Officers and Friends of Parks holding green flag at awards ceremony

Our park with the longest running award history is King George Recreation Ground in Bushey which has held the prestigious accolade for an impressive 18 years. Not far behind is Oakmere Park in Potters Bar which has received the annual award 14 times, Aberford Park in Borehamwood has held a Green Flag for nine years and Parkfield in Potters Bar has been awarded it eight times.

Fishers Field Nature Reserve in Bushey received a special Green Flag Community Award for the eighth time in recognition of work carried out by local volunteers who manage the site in partnership with the council. Elsewhere in Bushey, Bushey Rose Garden received Green Heritage Site accreditation because of its historic features and standard of conservation, for the sixth year in a row.

When visiting your local park please use the litter and recycling bins provided and pick up after your dog to help us keep it looking beautiful! Our Parks team, our ground maintenance contractor John O'Conner, Hertsmere Leisure which manages our parks events and our friends groups all make a huge contribution to the upkeep of the parks across the borough.

Stay active this winter!

There's no excuse for being a couch potato this coming winter. It's easy to stay active with various pieces of fitness equipment in many of our parks plus interactive dance and sports equipment in Meadow Park and Aberford Park, Borehamwood.

Interactive play equipment in Aberford and Meadow Park

Parks news

Fancy a cuppa in the Rose Garden?

Refreshments are now available from our lovely new drinks cart!

A selection of hot drinks including fresh bean coffee, fresh leaf tea and luxury hot chocolate are now available to purchase (by card only) and cold drinking water is available free of charge.

Refreshment cart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that the cart will only be available on days when our gardener is on site.

 

Queens 90th birthday planters

Yellow flowers planted in the number 90 in a flower bed

Yellow flowers spelling out ER in a flower bed

As part of the summer bedding scheme five planters along Darkes Lane in Potters Bar were completed at the beginning of June to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday. There were red, white and blue petunias in three of the planters and the other two beds pictured above were full of regal yellow marigolds and purple verbena.

 

 

Vegetable garden

 

We are currently trialling the introduction of herbs and vegetables including wild strawberries, chives, beetroot and chard to re-create a kitchen garden back into Oakmere Park. Originally, when the grounds to Oakmere House were private, there was a kitchen garden that supplied the house with food and veg required for daily meals.

The tomatoes in beds near the noticeboard opposite the pub garden have been a particular success.

                          Tomato plant

Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play Area Improvements

Newcombe Road play area

We recently updated a couple of our play areas with some new equipment.  Newcombe Road Play Area in Shenley (pictured above) had the old multi-unit removed and replaced with a more modern unit as well as a rocker, spinning dish and toadstools.  The junior play area at Furzefield (pictured below) in Potters Bar has had four new rotating and springing items installed.

Furzefield new play equipment

An application to Tesco 'Bags for Life grant' has also been made with the hope to install a new piece of play equipment in Furzefield toddler's play area. It will replace the train unit that is now at the end of it's life span and also provide a new hydraulic gate.The exact choice of multi play equipment depends on if and how much we get. We should be notified in October if shortlisted so look out at for our E-alerts plus at Tesco, Potters Bar you'll be able to vote by putting a token in a charity box. If you would like to be notified please sign up to our News for You service.

 

Windmill Lane Recreation Ground

We have recently carried out the first consultation with park users over improvements to Windmill Lane Recreation Ground in Bushey. The feedback was useful and has helped to formulate an initial brief consisting of potentially using wooden play equipment to create a unique feel for the site with a central ‘wow’ feature. We would look to retain a fenced toddler area, introducing additional play elements for the junior age range outside of the toddler play area, upgrading the existing basketball court by installing a play wall including a football goal, enhancing the landscape by the creation of a wildlife friendly natural wetland to help with the flooding issues within the park, altering the footpath network and new tree planting.  New bins and benches, including a picnic area will also be incorporated.  We are now looking at potential designs for this scheme with the aim to install early next year.  If you would like to be involved with the project or comment on proposals as they develop please email us at parks.consultation@hertsmere.gov.uk

Following a recent tree survey, some of the large oaks and one of the beech trees in Windmill Lane have been identified as diseased and with a very limited safe future. Unfortunately we will have to remove these trees from the park but will be looking to replant as appropriate.

Wooden scultpures in Oakmere Park

Wooden acorn sculpture Wooden swan sculpture

At the end of last year the Tree of Life in Oakmere Park had to be removed as it had become rotten. As a replacement three new sculptures representing key features within the park were installed. An acorn symbolising the trees that make up 'Oak' mere, a swan - as found on the two lakes and a fish. Hand carved by a local sculptor the works were installed this summer and surrounding flower beds have been replanted in different themes; autumnal colours and leaves around the acorn and grasses to look like a nest around the swan. Unfortunately the fish has been stolen so we are looking to replace this with a new fish design.

 

 

Friends of Bushey Rose Garden

 

After a somewhat ‘soggy’ start to the summer most of our seasonal events were been rain free! Yoga sessions on a Wednesday evening were initially interrupted by bad weather but they have yet again proved popular and well attended. This year Hertsmere Leisure also included some yoga sessions for children.

Garden Party poster

The Friends of the Rose Garden held their annual Garden Party in July, as part of the Bushey Festival. A ukulele band, ‘Katie and the Jumping Fleas’ and Arthur, an expert circus skills presenter kept visitors entertained and occupied throughout the afternoon!

Ukelele band \'Katie and the Jumping Fleas\' perfomring in the Rose Garden

A new addition to the Rose Garden events programme, organised by the Friends, has been free percussion workshops for young children. These were led by Debra from ‘Beat Building Ltd’ and offered the children the chance to enjoy making music in the beautiful surrounding garden.

Childrens percussion session in the rose gardenChildrens percussion session in the rose garden

Town Centre Garden

Our recently opened new pocket park, the Town Centre Garden in Borehamwood is growing well.  We are pleased to see that it is popular and used so often.

We will be inviting everyone to join us to switch on the Christmas lights on Thursday 1 December at 4pm.

Town Centre Garden

 

Photography competition

Next year we will be running a photographic competition to celebrate our fantastic parks. Throughout the competition a selection of entries will be displayed on our website before a shortlist is selected for the winner to be chosen by the public. We are looking at having an over and under 18 category and entries can be anything to do with the parks; wildlife, trees, people - anything!  More details, including the prize, will be available soon but to register your interest please contact us on parks@hertsmere.gov.uk

 photographer

Roundabout Sponsorship

 Roundabout at Dancers Hill Road leading to Trotters Bottom

Following a new agreement, we are now offering sponsorship opportunities on 10 roundabouts in the borough.  These roundabouts have been selected due to their prominent positions and/or high traffic flow for maximum exposure.  If you are a local organisation or company interested in improving your local environment by sponsoring one of these roundabouts please head to www.hertsmere.gov.uk/roundabouts

  • Civic Offices/Shenley Road, Borehamwood
  • Shenley Road – f/o Tesco/McDonalds, Borehamwood
  • A1 Junction - Newark Green/Rowley Lane, Borehamwood
  • Barnet Lane/Furzehill Road/ Farriers Way, Borehamwood
  • Elstree Hill South/Centennial Way, Elstree
  • Aldenham Road/The Avenue, Bushey
  • St Peters Triangle, Bushey
  • South Mimms Services, South Mimms
  • Southgate Road/ M25 J24, Potters Bar
  • Trotters Bottom/St Albans Road, Potters Bar

Community news

Shenley Park Events

Apple Day - Sunday 16th October 12-5pm in the Walled Garden.

A celebration of all things apple! Unusual varieties of apple to try and buy, apple juice demonstrations, apple juice for sale, home baked apple products, craft stalls, apple related games, competitions and bouncy castles. A great family day out.

 Crates of apples in a marquee

 

Wassailing the Stanley Lord Orchard - Saturday 7th January 2017, 4.30pm meet for a 5pm start.

A fun family event helping us to bless our Orchard with gifts for the wildlife, wake up the trees and scare away any unwanted pixies from the Orchard. Meet at the Chapel, Shenley Park where refreshments are served afterwards. Event lasts approximately two hours with a suggested donation of £3 per adult, £1 per child.

For more information visit www.shenleypark.co.uk  or Facebook ShenleyPark

 

 

 

 

Autumn activities at Aldenham Country Park

Winnie the Pooh reading stories to children

There will be Autumn fun for all the family at our Community Fun Day on Saturday 1st October. Organised in association with Hertsmere Borough Council there will be a very special book reading of the new Winnie the Pooh story by Herts Library service - to celebrate Pooh Bear and the Queen’s 90th birthday in 100 Aker Wood (home of Winnie the Pooh) with children's activities.  There will be a best dressed Teddy bear competition and families are encouraged to bring a picnic. Pooh Bear will present the prizes. Aldenham Renaissance who manages the park has waived the parking fee for the day. There will be farmers stalls, a history and nature walk round the lake, a free bus service from the station, stalls including therapy dogs, Flyball dog demos and entertainment. There will be a contingency in case of bad weather. More information will be available on the Facebook page nearer the time.

 

Halloween barn

October Half Term is an inspired time at Aldenham with traditional and spooky activities including Pumpkin carving. This year October Half Term leads up to Halloween which is back to school day for Hertfordshire! Come and carve your pumpkin ready for Halloween and take part in our other activities which you will be able to find on Facebook and the website nearer the time.

The leaves are turning in to a myriad of colours on the trees and will blanket the paths fiery hues as the various ecosystems get ready for changing season. A lovely time to come for a walk on the Nature Trail where there is a free play area next to the farm entrance for children to burn off a bit of energy. Bring your four legged friend and remember to take your poop bags to help us keep it a children and livestock safe zone. One of our pony ride routes leads through the nature trail when the ground conditions permit. 

people dressed up as Tigger and Winnie the Pooh

Watch out for Tigger as Winnie has been sighted from time to time with his bouncy friend. Winnie has a special message at Pooh at 2 to keep the park tidy and has the important job of litter picking as well as meeting and greeting the visitors to the park. Winnie also joins the tractor trailer ride on weekends to host a ride round the park.

Alpacas

 

Chickens

This Summer has welcomed alpacas and chinchillas as well as young rabbits to the farm and there are many more animals to discover. New additions are made all the time and baby animals can usually be seen including piglets, calves and birds which come from the incubation projects with schools and nurseries. The aviary has also been active with fledglings. There is an 11.30am goat milking demo and petting sessions for a closer encounter with the animals at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 4pm each day. (Times subject to changes depending on the farm schedule). Many parents bring their children to the farm for a friendly introduction to animals.

We have 195 friendly laying hens on Home Field who you can meet through egg collecting at 12pm through the seasons. Braver visitors can feed their curiosity by learning to handle a chicken - an introduction to how this super food comes to the table and the wonderful world of eggs.

Corn

Fresh produce and eggs are sold on the farm and seasonal offerings are especially abundant this year. There is a box scheme offered by Church Farm Ardeley the sister farm to Aldenham where seasonal farm offerings can be enjoyed. For more information visit their website.

At Aldenham Country Playground, the "Kids Outdoor Adventure Playground Pass” is now half the price and allows this sensory resource with its sandpits, basket swing and much more to be inclusive to more children. The indoor play centre with sensory rooms and purpose built facilities is still exclusive to children with special needs and disability who come for a play session. Car parking costs £4.50 all day or now it is possible to pay for parking £4 online. Some activities are chargeable. Please find a full price list and book online on our website.

Family camp out

Camping has come on leaps and bounds retaining the wild experience but with the addition of a compost toilet and shower in the field. The two Aldenham Family Campouts had acoustic music provided by local musicians Neil Stanton (July) and Laura James (August) round a big bonfire and Old Vodka, local distillery provided a vodka bar with delicious flavoured options to try and buy. The weather was perfect in to the evening for both events and the children enjoyed some classic Jungle Book and Frozen stories mixed in. The campers kept themselves amused with bug hunting, card games and enjoying the al fresco dining experience. The other feature of the summer holidays was the Survival Workshop where children learnt skills that would be useful in adverse and unusual circumstances. They finished with toasting marshmallows and bonding round the fire. Hotshots also came to do a Flyball sports day for dogs and the park highlighted the importance of responsible ownership and keeping areas safe for children and livestock.

 

children petting rabbits

Aldenham Country Park has been building community ties with various events including meet and greet goslings, rabbits and guinea pigs. The goslings hit the high street at Borehamwood for the pre-festival event and then helped celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday at Maxwell Park with a rabbit and guinea pig picnic and some friendly goslings.

 

Parkrun

Aldenham Parkrun is going strong and they hosted part of the 60th Annual Civic Festival with trophies and goodie bags for the runners. They also celebrated their own anniversary run with a special cake at the end. Runners came in all shapes, speeds and sizes including some four legged participants!

 Kids in police van

The police have come along to the park allowing children to explore a van, sit in the prison enclosure, try on hats and handle show and tell items whilst providing information to visitors. 

 

For more information of upcoming events visit our website or Facebook page or call: 0208 953 9602 or email: info@aldenhamcountrypark.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Safety have 'Fun in the Park'

Youngsters from across Borehamwood enjoyed some free summer fun at the beginning of August thanks to councillor funding. A bouncy castle, bungee runs and Gladiator gauntlet game were among the attractions at three Fun in the Park events on Wednesday 3 August at Meadow Park, Thursday 4 August at Ripon Park and Friday 5 August at Aberford Park.

There was also refreshments provided by Tesco and Nando’s. The events were run in partnership with the Safer Neighbourhood Team and Hertsmere Leisure.

Hertsmere Borough Councillors donated £450 through the council’s Ward Improvement Initiative Scheme (WIIS) to fund the events. Cllr David Burcombe gave £200, Cllrs Victor Eni and Farida Turner gave £100 each and Cllr Richard Butler gave £50.
Funding for the events also came from Affinity Sutton housing association and the council’s Community Safety Partnership team.

Circus skills in the rose gardenkids on bouncy run game

police car on display

Rob Dodkin, Hertsmere Leisure events manager said: “This is the first year of Fun in the Park and we wanted to encourage as many young people and their families as possible to join us. We had some great activities for the whole family to enjoy. It was also a chance to find out more about Borehamwood’s parks and open spaces. We’re really grateful for Hertsmere Borough Council’s support and the other partner agencies who have helped to get these events going.”

someone dressed up as a Nandos chicken PCSO with little boy 

Through WIIS, each borough councillor gets £500 to allocate to projects and schemes in their area each year. If you want to apply to WIIS please contact your local borough councillor or call 020 8207 7801.

We Move, She Moves!

More women are getting out and active in hertsmere thanks to ‘We move, She moves’,

Enjoy a broad range of activities to match your own personal interests, whether it be a more intense, blood-pumping hour of boot-camp, a relaxed session of yoga or have a go at hula hooping! Whatever you enjoy, you will find something on offer!

Hula hooping

We move, She moves is a perfect opportunity to bring along friends and get Hertsmere moving! For more information visit We Move, She Moves

Fifty plus

The Fifty plus host a variety of weekly activities and courses all held in Hertsmere.  In addition, we run day coach trips and short breaks.

Our weekly activities and courses include :

Art, Badminton, Ballroom & Latin, Indoor Bowls, Outdoor Bowls, Bridge, Chair Based classes, Falls Prevention classes, Keep Fit, Line Dancing, Musical Keyboard, Scrabble, Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Yoga and Zumba Gold.

 

Special Events and Trips

Thursday 24th November 2016
Birmingham German Christmas market and craft fair

Thursday 1st December 2016
Murder mystery evening at The Old Manor, Potters Bar with three course Christmas Dinner
£44.50

Thursday 15th December 2016
Afternoon carvery and mini quiz at The Wyllyotts Theatre
£23

Thursday 23rd March 2017
Man made wonders in the heart of Essex - with lunch and guide

Arundel Castle

Thursday 27th April 2017
Arundel Castle (pictured above) and the tulip festival 

All coach pick up points are Bushey Grove Leisure Centre Car Park, Civic Offices Car Park, Borehamwood, Furzefield Centre Car Park, Potters Bar.

For further information and prices, please contact the Fifty Plus team on : 01707 645005

Events news

A review of this summer's events in the parks

judging the cakes Mayor presenting certificate Winner with prize

The Great Big Bushey Bake Off saw some extremely keen junior and adult bakers with Mayor Peter Rutledge as head judge.

 Dog Show poster judging of dogs in the arena

The Dog Show was yet again one of the most popular events in the summer schedule with approx. 70 dogs being entered into numerous classes. The friends of King George had an obstacle course running alongside the main ring which also added to the event. Blythwood Vets helped out again with judging and Dog Lost had a stall to promote their charity.

 

Teddy Bears Picnic poster Person dressed as teddy bear with Mayor of Hertsmere

This year’s Teddy Bears Picnic was again a very successful event, well over 100 happy families attended and enjoyed a Mini Fun Fair, Teddy Bear Treasure Hunt, Magic Show, plenty of bubbles and lots of prizes for the children who entered the best dressed teddy competition. Our Special guest judge was Mayor Peter Rutledge and Cllr Anne Swerling also attended the event.

Laughter Therapy  continues to have a small but loyal following and has run from May through to August.

Childrens yoga poster

 

Brand new for 2016 Children’s yoga started in the Rose Garden, Bushey. This ran for three weeks in July and like most Motivate 4 Events was free to attend. Each session was an hour and taken by a qualified instructor. Between 15 – 20 children attended each week. It is something we will be looking to continue in 2017.

Unsigned and unplugged
This was the third year we took Unsigned and Unplugged to The Rose Garden. This year the event was included in the Bushey Festival and over 200 people attended throughout the day. Eight Local performers took to the stage to perform their 30 minute sets of original material. BBC Three Counties Radio contacted the Motivate 4 team and asked for an interview with the event organizer. The show was aired on the day of the event and was given a 20 minute segment which included one of the performances being live on air. The show went out to over 156,000 listeners which was amazing publicity for the event and the team.

 Unsigned & Unplugged poster Girl playing guitar at Unsigned and Unpluged event Band playing at Unsigned and Unplugged event

 

Free Meditation and Yoga sessions took place each Tuesday evening in July but unfortunately the great British weather was not on our side and rain stopped play on three our of four occasions!

Movies in the Park poster Crowd of people watching movie in the park Events team at Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park, is in its third consecutive year now and one of the most successful events Motivate 4 events have put on. The events run over three days in three parks. This year films included family favourites like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory and The Wizard of Oz plus sing-a-long classics like Grease and Mama Mia.

 

 the stage at Sounds of Summer event

Sounds Of Summer
Sounds of Summer 2016 was the biggest event the team has put on. 16 local musicians and one huge ukulele band played across two stages performing rock, pop, jazz and country music to crowds in Oakmere Park on 20 August between 12-8pm. Even the constant downpour could not stop the crowds dancing to some of the best musical artists Hertsmere has to offer.  

band at Sounds of Summer event girl playing guitar at Sounds of Summer event 

family eating ice cream at Sounds of Summer event

 

Acts included Shades of Midnight, All These Years, No Idea, Rash LA, Dodo Bones, Laterala, Katie’s Jumping Fleas, My Mate George, Beth Hedges, Sophie Andrews, Tom Craven, Phil Crocker, Rob Finlay, Erasmus and Lottie Henshall. Aside from the rain, the event was a huge success, with over 600 people enjoying the day. Attractions included 20 stalls plus a licenced Bar, Food, Arts & Crafts, jewellery and free children’s rides - even  Elsa from Disney's frozen made an appearance!

people dancing at Sounds of Summer event people dancing at Sounds of Summer event 2

The Motivate 4 events team also helped getting other events we are not directly involved with off the ground and offered advice and support. These included Jazz in The Park (Bushey) Millbrook Community Fair, Church groups in the park and Lee Cliff Local events.

Future Events

To find out more, check out Hertsmere Leisure's Facebook page to keep up to date with events

 

 

Countryside Management Service news

Furzefield Wood: A Coppice Cycle

Nestling between Cranbourne Industrial Estate and the Furzefield Leisure Centre in Potters Bar lies Furzefield Wood and Halfpenny Bottom Local Nature Reserve. This small wildlife refuge contains Hertfordshire’s only surviving continuously coppiced Hazel woodland. 

Coppicing is a traditional woodland management practice, small diameter wood is regularly harvested or “coppiced” on a rotational cycle of seven or so years to provide a constant and sustainable supply. Coppiced hazel was once used to produce a range of products such as charcoal, furniture and fencing, these would have been commonplace before more modern materials and mechanized production took their place. 

Amongst the dense hazel bushes, large and imposing Oak trees rise up towards the light. These “standards” form the woodland canopy would also have been used to supply wood produce.  Large diameter timber would have been carefully selected and sawn to size to provide materials for the construction of timber framed houses or even ships.

Halfpenny Bottom, a linear grassy strip to the north of the woodland is the remains of an old Drovers’ road, along which shepherds and stockmen would have walked their animals to market. Today it is a colorful remnant of old wildflower meadow alive with insects and woodland birds who find food and shelter amongst the scattered bushes.

Horse logger in Furzefield woods

We will be holding an open day in early February, with guided walks, a display of coppice materials and the coppice worker on site to answer any questions.  A traditional heavy - horse logger will be working to move all of the coppice materials to the road side for collection.  

Please look out on the Countryside Management Service web-site on the Walks and More section where you will find lots of exciting walks and activities to come along to.

 

Scene change at Studio Way

Heritage lottery fund logo

Works are well underway at Studio Way in Borehamwood to deliver “Scene Change at Studio Way” an exciting project made possible by funding from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Hertsmere Borough Council received £62,600 from HLF and contributed an additional £32,000 to the project.

Countryside Management Service (CMS) are delivering the project in partnership with park owners Hertsmere Borough Council. Scene Change at Studio Way will improve access, restore wildlife habitats and interpret the area’s long history of film making.

Tree works were undertaken last winter to open up the path network and to enable access improvements to be carried out. Over the next 12 months there will be lots going on including:

  • Improving access by opening up and resurfacing footpaths and linking routes around the site – contractors are due to start in October.
  • Restoring wildlife habitats by carrying out: woodland management, restoration of old hedgerows, planting of native Oak trees and removal of invasive species – the first CMS practical conservation volunteer task is in September, if you are interested in joining us please contact CMS on northeast.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk. Contractors will be returning later in the winter to continue the woodland management works.
  • Creating welcoming and accessible entrances to the park with new signage and eye catching artwork.
  • Installing interpretative information around the site highlighting its wildlife and heritage.
  • Engaging the local community on practical tasks and guided walks (see event below).

Studio Way after tree works

We will be busy throughout 2016 and beyond, delivering this wide range of activity. Keep an eye out and if you’re local, why not get involved and play a part in improving the standard and amenity value of this important local greenspace.

 

Guided Walk - Thursday 13th October, 10.30am-12.30pm

Join Countryside Management Service (CMS) for a circular guided walk around Studio Way Woodland and Potterswood Park. Learn all about the fascinating history and wildlife of the area, as we look for old trees that made appearances in films and find out more about what exciting things the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Project has in store over the coming months. We will be meeting at Denham Way car park.

 

 

Update on works at The Moatfield, Bushey

In the spring edition of the Parks Newsletter, we talked about proposed works at the Moatfield recreation ground in Bushey, which comprised plans to renew the old and dilapidated public viewing platform overlooking the historic moat, as well as a project to commission the painting of a mural to freshen and brighten up a large portion of the tired Bushey Rangers clubhouse.

             old viewing platform

Building the new viewing platformViewing Platform

On the 16th and 18th March two tasks were undertaken by one of the Countryside Management Service’s practical conservation volunteer groups to remove the old wooden viewing platform. The group then set about replacing this with a brand new structure made entirely from environmentally friendly, recycled plastic components. Recycled plastic is a much more durable material for use in wet locations like this as it does not rot like wood. After two days of skilful labour, the structure was complete and as you can see from the photos, it looks fantastic! Site users will now be able enjoy views across the moat with all its resident wildlife for many years to come.

Finished viewing platform

Clubhouse Mural

Hertsmere Borough Council in partnership with Countryside Management Service have carried out a tendering exercise in order to commission an artist to produce a mural for the Bushey Rangers Clubhouse building. The advertisements for this contract attracted a huge amount of attention from artists far and wide with 60 expressions of interest received.

Artist proposals were shortlisted according to a strict assessment process and the top three, highest scoring submissions were then presented to local community groups closely affiliated with the Moatfield site, for consultation, so that a winning proposal could be chosen. One proposal won through unanimously and the artist has been successfully recruited.

The mural will reflect aspects of the site’s historic importance as well as interpreting its function as a modern greenspace of great value for recreation and for wildlife. Practical work on the mural is expected to commence in mid-September and will take approximately two weeks to complete.

Health Walk leaders wanted!

Could you motivate and inspire others to do more physical activity and in doing so promote the benefits of walking in your local countryside?

The Countryside Management Service (CMS) is looking for new Health Walk leaders to support its friendly team of volunteers leading walks in Hertsmere and across Hertfordshire. There are currently a variety of short walks taking place in Potters Bar, Bushey, Borehamwood and Radlett. First Steps walks last 20-30 minutes and are on flat and even ground, and other walks are graded from 1 to 4, lasting up to 90 minutes in duration.

 People on a health walk          

ramblers

All that CMS ask of volunteers is some ongoing commitment – be it once a month or twice a week – and a passion for walking and meeting new people!

CMS regularly offers a free one-day training course for new walk leaders, providing all the support and kit you will need to lead walks in your local community. For more information or to sign up for the next course email Healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk or call Sian Price on 01992 556033.

Contact us

The Parks and Amenities team

We manage and maintain all council-owned parks in the borough with active involvement of the local community through Friends groups and planting days.

Freephone helpline (office hours only): 0800 731 1810
Out of hours: 020 8207 2277
24 hour emergency: 0845 300 0021
www.hertsmere.gov.uk/parks

Steve Burton - Head of Street Scene - Ext: 5242

David Smith - Parks and Amenities Manager - Ext: 3880
Responsible for the coordination and senior management of all the maintenance work carried out in the borough including the management of Bushey Rose Garden.

Jonathan Hawes - Cemetary and Technical Officer - Ext: 3950
Responsible for the management and development of Allum Lane Cemetary and allotments.  

Francesca Fitch - Area Parks Officer - Ext: 3920
Responsible for maintenance and development of all parks and open spaces in Potters Bar, Shenley, South Mimms, Ridge, Radlett and Elstree.

Richard Rose - Area Parks Officer - Ext: 5680
Responsible for maintenance and development of all parks and open spaces in Bushey and Borehamwood.

Aaron Niblett - Parks Project Officer - Ext: 3820
Responsible for the design and management of schemes within parks and open spaces.

Gill Clare - Office Administrator - Ext: 5701
Responsible for parks administaration.

This newsletter is published by Hertsmere Borough Council's Parks and Amenities team. Any editorial enquiries should be sent to parks@hertsmere.gov.uk

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Partnerships and Community Engagement
020 8207 7801

Featuring community safety, youth projects, sports, museums, grants and Ward Improvement Initiative Scheme

Hertsmere Leisure
020 8236 3100
Leisure centres, events, play schemes and Fifty Plus
Visit: www.hertsmereleisure.co.uk

Other useful numbers

Street Scene
020 8207 7480
Refuse collection, recycling and street cleansing

Hertfordshire Highways
0300 123 4047
Responsible for maintaining all trees on the public highway verge

Hertfordshire Police
Non-emergency: 101
Emergency: 999

Affinity Sutton Homes
020 8235 7000

Aldwyck Housing Association
01582 869101

Motorcycle Hotline
020 8207 7553
(to report nusiance motorcycles)

Countryside Management Service
01992 588433

Aldenham Parish Council
01923 856433

Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council
020 8207 1382

Shenley Parish Council
01923 855865

South Mimms Parish Council
020 8360 9223

Aldenahm Country Park
020 8953 9602

Shenley Park Trust
01923 852629

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