Category: Maintenance

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

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

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

Posted in Action Days, Beech Bottom Dyke, Litter, Maintenance

Autumn Action Day

Posted in Action Days, Litter, Maintenance

Planned destruction of recently restored fence

A well planned act of wanton destruction took place on the path between Spinney Cottage and Harpenden Road last Thursday or Friday, 23rd/24th August. A fence that was recently repaired was taken apart and sawn up to make a ramp

Posted in Maintenance, Vandalism

Stumps Drawn

If you’ve walked along the narrow path between the Lower Field and the Heathlands School gate you’ll be aware of several short stumps which were a trip hazard. No more – we have now removed them.

Posted in Maintenance, Trees

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

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