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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

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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

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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

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Beech Bottom Dyke Action Day 2

After determined efforts, Friends of Bernards Heath has now opened up the Dyke so that it is possible to walk along the bottom from the entrance near the Ancient Briton junction to the railway embankment, a distance of about one

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Beech Bottom Dyke, Mini Action Day

A slippery steep slope made access difficult during our efforts to clear the bottom of Beech Bottom Dyke, and this has now been addressed by clearing a path near the Ancient Briton Junction. The arrow shows where we started (see

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Beech Bottom Dyke Action Day 1 – FoBH clears the way

Friends of Bernards Heath made a big effort to start clearing paths at Beech Bottom Dyke on Saturday morning.  Thank you everyone who took part.

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Beech Bottom Dyke – Greenspace Action Plan Update

Beech Bottom Dyke is a large ditch up to 33 feet deep running for almost a mile at the northern edge of St Albans. It is of considerable archaeological importance, contains a valuable area of ancient woodland flora, and is

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Newsletter Spring 2017

A Guide to Beech Bottom Dyke
by Peter Burley
Missing display board
June 2017
Missing board - Townsend drive
If you missed this interpretation board recently, the legs rotted and it is in for repair


Poppies June 2017
Now appearing on the Heath
Poppies, perhaps brought in with the soil used on the Lower Field after the sinkhole event.
Photo: PB

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