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Felling the Big Fella Part II

The Reading of the Rings Wet sawdust on top of the stump obscured the annual rings and the final sawcuts had come from several directions. A scrub with a stiff hand-brush made things a lot clearer (below).

Posted in History, Maintenance, Trees

Felling the Big Fella Part 1

Not necessarily ‘The bigger they come, the harder they fall’ Until a few days ago, just to the left of and in front of the old fire station were two trees, a sycamore and a very large poplar. Probably a

Posted in Ariston site, Trees

Felled Beech Tree just off Harpenden Road

This young Beech tree was felled just off Harpenden Road on or around 29th July. We have been planting trees on the Heath over the winter, so it is disheartening when this happens. Do you know anything about it? –

Posted in Trees, Vandalism

The Heath Beneath Your Feet

You may recall that these parchmarks on the Upper Field appeared last year during a period when there was little or no rain. In the current spell of dry weather the marks are appearing again. We understand that there is

Posted in Air Raid Shelter, Safety, Weather

Ash Trees feel the strain

This large ash tree recently came down partially blocking this path to the WW2 water tank, which can just be seen in the background.  The tree broke off near the top of the roots, see inset image. Fortunately, it did

Posted in Trees

Lets Play at Bernards Heath website launch

  Let’s Play at Bernards Heath is a new fund-raising charity, formed to make a lasting change to the existing tired playground on Bernards Heath. For more information see the website.  You can support the charity by going to the

Posted in Play area, Promotional

Repair of Vandalised Bench

This bench, which faces Heath Farm Lane, was badly damaged by an attempt to burn it. Now RM, with help from some pupils at Sandringham School, has done an excellent job of repairing it. The wood is English oak, which

Posted in Vandalism

Thanks for cleanup of WW2 water tank

  Readers may remember that this historic WW2 water tank on the Heath was in a real mess with all sorts of litter, wood and leaves. We made a big effort to clean it out in 2016 and 2017, but

Posted in Action Days, Litter, Maintenance

Return of the Travellers

A group of Travellers appeared on the Upper Field on Friday, 31st May. Travellers do not enjoy a good reputation in our area since they converted the old Fire Station site into a big fly tipping site in June 2017

Posted in Vandalism

Digging at Beech Bottom Dyke

Not the work of badgers, but holes clearly showing spade marks have appeared in the bank about half way along Beech Bottom Dyke. This earthwork was made to form a rifle butt, or safe bank behind shooting targets, about 160

Posted in Beech Bottom Dyke, Vandalism