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Parking improvement on Sandridge Road Wastes

The Sandridge Road Wastes are the grassed areas on both sides of this road designated as Common Land.  Parking is a major problem on the road, especially between Boundary Road and Bernards Heath Primary School, the area marked in blue

Posted in Maintenance, Wastes

Traveller occupation of the old fire station area ends

We learnt with some concern this week that travellers had broken into the area behind the old fire station, just off Harpenden Road. It was fenced off and locked, but force had been used to gain entry.

Posted in Ariston site, Litter

Beech Bottom Dyke tidy up

Sunny weather on Sunday 23 April may have helped us, for about a dozen people turned out to remove litter (see inset) and clear growth around the top of the Dyke. The bluebells made it a picture and their smell

Posted in Action Days, Beech Bottom Dyke, Litter

In memory of Peter Butcher

At the end of January Bernards Heath lost Peter Butcher, almost certainly its oldest resident.  Ninety two years old, he had lived all his life in Upper Culver Road, bar military service at the end of WW II. At one

Posted in Bequests

Native and Spanish bluebells

Bluebells have appeared on the Heath early this year and there are two general types – native and Spanish, but can you tell the difference?  The picture (above left} shows the Spanish type which is more prolific with upright stems,

Posted in Photos

Oak Processionary Moth update

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

Posted in Safety, Trees, Wildlife

Storm Doris – trees suffering

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

Posted in Maintenance, Trees

Local businesses support action on fly tipping at Soothouse Spring

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

Posted in Beech Bottom Dyke, Litter

Townsend Drive parking

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

Posted in Townsend Drive

The Lower Heath – what’s happening now?

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

Posted in Ariston site, Education, Fontmell

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Newsletter Spring 2017

A Guide to Beech Bottom Dyke
by Peter Burley
Poppies
June 2017
Now appearing on the Heath
Poppies, perhaps brought in with the soil used on the Lower Field after the sinkhole event.
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