Friends of Bernards Heath AGM

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Feel welcome to to join us at the FoBH AGM at the Jolly Sailor at 10.30 am on Saturday, March 25th.

Find out more about what we do to protect the Heath for the benefit of the neighbourhood as a whole.

Posted in AGM

Oak Processionary Moth update

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Left – nest on trunk, Right – cluster of moths

We reported on the Oak Processionary Moth last year, which can defoliate trees, especially oak. As far as we know, none have been seen on the Heath and the nearest outbreak was in Watford.  Contact with these moths should be avoided because they have irritating spines which can cause an allergic reaction. They are likely to emerge in early April.

For a fuller account of this moth, see the Forestry Commission update.

 

Posted in Safety, Trees, Wildlife

Storm Doris – trees suffering

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This heavy branch (top photo) )was left across the track from Townsend Drive to the Ancient Briton as the result of Storm Doris. Our chainsaw was faulty, so we were reduced to muscle power and bow saws (inset).  As a result this precariously perched branch was moved out of the way.  A fallen tree in Harpenden Road caused traffic to be diverted to Townsend Drive/Waverley Road on Saturday afternoon.

Posted in Maintenance, Trees

Local businesses support action on fly tipping at Soothouse Spring

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Left to right: William Naylor of Buttle’s Building Supplies, with Peter Cook and Rod Keat, Friends of Bernards Heath

Bernards Heath is a unique, widely used public space in St Albans. Close to the centre of town, it provides attractive open spaces and woodland of historic interest, quite unlike parks in the city.

Unfortunately, its very nature lends itself to to unsightly fly tipping. Recently, it has happened in nearby Soothouse Spring, next to Beech Bottom Dyke, an impressive ancient earthwork, which the Friends of Bernards Heath has opened up and tried to keep litter free.  Fortunately, two local businesses, Buttle’s Building Supplies and A1 Tools and Fixings, have jointly supported the installation of a substantial fence alongside the Dyke to deter follow-up incidents. The area is now covered by surveillance cameras. Read more ›

Posted in Beech Bottom Dyke, Litter

Townsend Drive parking

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Until now it’s been almost impossible to find a parking space in Townsend Drive, Palfrey Close or Waverley Road because of all day parking. Bernards Heath is on the right-hand side of the photo.

The introduction this week of a controlled parking zone (see inset) has had a dramatic effect. In the afternoons when parking is unrestricted, there are usually spaces.

Posted in Townsend Drive

The Lower Heath – what’s happening now?

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The Lower Heath, with dark track showing the remains of the temporary access road (February 2017).

We were very grateful to everyone who contacted the press and their local Councillors when we got the shock news, only a week ahead of the Cabinet Panel meeting on 9 December, that Hertfordshire County Council (“HCC”) was going back on its previous decision in 2014 to support discussions with the District Council to transfer the Lower Heath to them. Read more ›

Posted in Ariston site, Education, Fontmell

Beating the Bounds

beating_bounds_drawingA walk around the parish of St Saviour’s, Sandpit Lane conducted by local historian Peter Burley.

Meet at the hall, 25 Sandpit Lane at 2.00 pm
on Sunday 19th February.

The walk will be followed by tea and a talk in the hall at 3.30 pm. You are welcome to arrive in time for the talk.
It will not cover the whole boundary, that would be too ambitious, but the eastern third of the parish going from the church via the Wick and back again along Marshal’s Drive.

This is a valedictory event for Father Peter at St Saviour’s and all are welcome.
Download a poster here (pdf)

Posted in History

Farewell to the temporary road

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Work on the removal of hundreds of tons of sand and hardcore which made up the road across the Lower Field has been going ahead this week and it looks as if it will be completed next week beginning 30th January.   Material is being transported to the old fire station yard before removal from the site. Read more ›

Posted in Ariston site, Fontmell

Early morning on the Heath

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8.40 am, 17th January 2017  – frost on the Upper Field                                                Photo: MN

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Posted in Photos

2017

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Posted in Milestones, Weather

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Recent Updates
FoBH Statement of Accounts Sept 2016

Newsletter Spring 2017

A Guide to Beech Bottom Dyke
by Peter Burley

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