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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

Japanese knotweed on the Heath

There have been several outbreaks of the not unattractive, but very invasive plant Japanese knotweed on the Heath, mostly near the old Fire Station and behind the Judo Club. It is a major problem in that it grows very rapidly

Posted in Maintenance

Progress on the Lower Field

A verdant sward of new grass now runs across the Lower Field towards Fontmell Close. This was recently an unsightly mess following attempts to provide access for residents of Fontmell and Bridle Close after the sinkhole appearance last October. Photo:

Posted in Ariston site, Fontmell, Maintenance

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.

Posted in Action Days, Beech Bottom Dyke, Maintenance

Remedial works on the Lower Field

Work started this week to restore the Lower Field. The photo on the left shows how it looked after the Fontmell/Bridle Close sinkhole episode and the photo on the right shows how things are beginning to look now.  Photos: MN

Posted in Fontmell, Maintenance

Access to interpretation boards

A quick strim of cow parsley has improved access to the interpretation board in Townsend Drive, which provides an excellent succinct history of the Heath. This board and the two others in Harpenden Road and Sandridge Road were installed by

Posted in Maintenance, Promotion

Spring Action Day

Girls to the rescue!  A Tesco trolley was just one of the many items recovered or litter collected on our Action Day.

Posted in Action Days, Litter, Maintenance

FoBH funds path improvements

Mud glorious mud – if you’ve walked the paths on the Heath recently you’ll be well aware of this kind of sight where paths become a glutinous, slippery mess. Having recently organised and part funded a new path extension to

Posted in Maintenance

Objects left on the Lower Field

Friends of Bernards Heath met with representatives of St Albans District Council and councillors Roma Mills and Richard Curthoys to review the current condition of the Lower Field. The new road across the field from the old fire station works

Posted in Ariston site, Fontmell, Maintenance

Paths on Bernards Heath

The wooded area of Bernards Heath includes an extensive network of well used paths. As many will know, several of these paths are now very muddy and slippery.  They seem to be particularly bad this year, perhaps because rain has

Posted in Maintenance

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Newsletter Spring 2017

A Guide to Beech Bottom Dyke
by Peter Burley
tortoiseshell butterfly
27th March 2017
Now appearing on the Heath
Tortoiseshell Butterfly.

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