Year: 2016

Please help us to save the Lower Field

URGENT – Action needed before Friday 9 December We promised to post our response to the County Council’s bombshell last Friday – and here it is. Remember that the County Council can give itself planning permission for school building –

Posted in Ariston site, Education

Lower Heath under threat again!

We need your help We heard last Friday (2 December) that the County Council will put the old fire station site off Harpenden Road (“the Ariston Site”) on the market for housing in Spring 2017. At the same time, the

Posted in Ariston site

Fontmell Close open again

It must be a great relief to residents of Fontmell and Bridle close that almost all traces of the sinkhole have gone after 14 months of repair works.  The Grand Opening is on Saturday, 3rd December. FoBH looks forward to

Posted in Fontmell

Action Day November 2016

Some of the volunteers who helped to clear out the old WW2 fire fighting water tank on Sunday, 27th November also unearthed a bottle of champagne (inset).   We’ve previously found a full bottle of gin during a clear up

Posted in Action Days, Litter

Autumn Action Day – Clearance work at Beech Bottom Dyke

Despite heavy rain on the morning of Sunday 16th October, an intrepid group of volunteers were able to clear large areas of brambles adjacent to the path on the southern side of the Dyke.  This clearance work not only makes

Posted in Action Days, Beech Bottom Dyke

One year has elapsed since Fontmell Close sinkhole event

The news of a sinkhole in Fontmell Close, which appeared dramatically in the early hours of the 1st October 2015, rapidly hit the national media. Not only were residents stranded in Fontmell Close and Bridle Close, but the event prompted

Posted in Ariston site, Fontmell, Play area

Thunderstorm over Bernards Heath area

A thunderstorm on the 16th September over Bernards Heath broke the long spell of relatively dry weather in July, August and September, when local gardens and the Heath were looking parched.  We’ve only been measuring rainfall and temperature over the

Posted in Weather

Cyclamen – an unexpected delight

These hardy, but small, cyclamen flowers usually appear in autumn and winter and were found in a shady spot on the western side of the Heath.

Posted in Photos

Vandalism!

This oak bench by the Green Ring path, installed by the Friends of Bernards Heath in 2005, was seriously fire damaged overnight on the 30/31 August.  A pile of burnt paper/cardboard was left by the path and the bench was

Posted in Vandalism

Exploratory drilling at the play area

The Heath has been subjected to drilling work in several areas as a follow up to ‘anomalies’ found in the ground that might be related to the subsidence in the Fontmell/Bridle close area.  Work now continues by the children’s play

Posted in Ariston site, Fontmell