Category: Beech Bottom Dyke

Theft and Vandalism

Theft Friends of Bernards Heath tries to protect, preserve and enhance the Heath for the benefit of the neighbourhood as a whole, but sometimes it seems that thoughtlessness and downright theft are conspiring against us. Anyone who has walked along

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Spring Action Day

More than 20 people, including these young helpers, turned up for our Action Day on 24th March – maybe it had something to do with the weather which was great.  Lots of other bags were placed around the Heath for

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Heritage Open Day Event 9 September 2018, Exploring Beech Bottom Dyke and Bernards Heath

Beech Bottom Dyke is a striking mile long Iron Age earthwork, linked to Shakespeare’s King Cymbeline, and set in an ancient area of commons called “Bernards Heath”. It is unpublicised and lacks interpretation – except for this guided walk. This

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Bluebells

    Bluebells are coming into flower over the Heath now as you may have noticed. Why not visit Beech Bottom Dyke for the best collections, where native bluebells, rather than the Spanish variety, proliferate. The native flowers also have

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Guided Walk around the Heath 2017

Unfortunately, 10th September’s Guided Walk has been cancelled because of illness. You can read a guide here and see some pictures of the route here.

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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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