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Friends of Panshanger Park Annual General Meeting will be held at 7pm on Thursday 14th December 2017 @ Brace Room, St Mary’s Church, Hertingfordbury.

A XMAS UPDATE DECEMBER 2017

If you would like to better understand why a Country Park at Panshanger is overdue to the people of Hertfordshire. Please read our Friends of Panshanger – Assessment document below. It is a detailed assessment of the Tarmac Country Park draft plan, delivered earlier this year to Herts County Council (HCC). A detailed plan that was first asked for in 1982. The country park should have first opened its gates 1989 (see HCC press release). 

Twenty eight years later the public still waits for the full opening of the Country Park and its facilities. Also see letters sent to Tarmac by HCC over the last 4 years. We leave you to judge progress. The Friends of Panshanger Park now assume full access to the Country Park area from 1st January 2018, in line with the ending of mineral extraction on the Panshanger Estate. A new permission to import inert restoration minerals was granted to Tarmac by HCC (prior to opening of the full Country Park) or even getting a plan. Estimated value of this new permission is £4-8 million over 10 years.  But still no toilets at the Country Park, one car park for a 800+ acre park, no refreshments facilities, no disabled access parking, no public fishing, poor way-marking, no plan to restore the Orangery. And now the ignominy of an English Heritage Grade II* landscape designed by Humphry Repton placed on the Heritage at Risk List, in 2017, due to the continuing damage done to the landscape by the owners. Just in time to celebrate Repton’s 300th anniversary in 2018.

CLICK LINKS TO OPEN DOCUMENT

HCC Press Release 1982!!, yes 35 years ago

Friends of Panshanger Park – Assessment of Tarmac Country Park Plan 2017

HCC John Wood Chief Executive Letter 11th June 2013

HCC Letter 14th Aug 2013

HCC Letter Feb 2014

HCC Chief Executive Letter 29 Nov 2017

We are pleased to confirm SUCCESS and that following the local and national campaign to save Repton’s Broadwater at Panshanger Park.

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Tarmac have announced they will not excavate the Lower Broadwater. THANK YOU to everyone who has campaigned for this and to Tarmac for reaching this final decision.

Lower Broadwater Tarmac Announcement 16th Jan 2017

Friends of Panshanger Park Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday, 7th December, 2016 starting at 7pm at Brace Room, St Mary’s Church, Hertingfordbury.

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 A team of committed volunteers working on your behalf.

Panshanger Park needs YOUR HELP PLEASE ACT NOW!

Repton’s design for the Broadwater (below right) is in imminent danger of being destroyed and we need your support to help protect it. Please download and share this link/leaflet and do email your views and concerns. Thank you for your support. 

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Please note, the annotated photo below is supplied to the Friends of Panshanger Park for the sole purpose of showing the effect of further proposed extraction in the area of the Broadwater. It must not to be used for any other purposes, or by any other parties, without the specific written consent of David Neal:  neal42@ntlworld.com
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Jack Emsley (12 years old) started this petition on 23 Sept 2016, please do sign

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CLICK IMAGES TO EXPAND (see *below re photo copyright)

This aerial photograph shows the large expanses of water that have been created in the valley as gravel has been extracted over recent years.

Repton’s Broadwater at the western end of the park (bottom of photo left) has been retained more or less intact but now Tarmac proposes to destroy the lower Broadwater by breaching the narrow strip of land between it and the lagoon they have already created to the south

Is it really worth destroying part of our national heritage in order to extract a few more tons of gravel? The Friends of Panshanger Park thinks not and is campaigning hard to protect what remains of Repton’s vision. Please send your views to the Tarmac Estates Manager mike.pendock@tarmac.com cc jan.hayes-griffin@hertfordshire.gov.uk , friendsofpanshangerpark@gmail.com & harwoodkate2@gmail.com

THANK YOU!! for your vital support

YOUR COUNTRY PARK

In order to gain extraction rights from Hertfordshire County Council in the 1980’s, the park owners, now  Lafarge Tarmac, entered into a legal agreement to restore the country park to the original historically significant landscape with open public access for everyone to enjoy

Over time, some of the restorative work has been completed by the owners though not necessarily to the expected landscaping standards needed to preserve the historical integrity of the designs of Repton and Brown. In addition there remains limited access for to public and a large amount of unecessary fencing around footpaths and bridleways.  This includes a 2m high x 60m long close boarded fence which takes away a stunning heritage landscape view across the valley.  A view which is shown in the Friends website banner and was destroyed by the owners in Autumn 2014, the Friends continue to campaign for removal of this fence, which has never been justified by the owners in terms of why it is needed to protect wildlife areas around this area.

Today there is mounting momentum for the present owners to honour their legal commitments of restoration and public access. The Friends of Panshanger Park (The FPP)  formed in 2013 to representing multiple local organisations and individual memebrs who wish to see our Country Park delivered in line with the original planning obligations.

OPEN LETTER to HERTS COUNTY COUNCIL – PANSHANGER COUNTRY PARK

PANSHANGER COUNTRY PARK – Review of Legal Agreement, Owner Obligations and Cost Estimates

Open Spaces RGB Lo

We are a member of the Open Spaces Society, more here:

http://www.oss.org.uk/what-we-do/about-us/

 

Heritage Walks 2017

Why not join one of our free heritage walks? Enjoy a pleasant stroll through this delightful Humphry Repton landscape and learn something of the history of Panshanger Park.
Walks are led by members of the Friends and start at 2pm at Thieves Lane car park. Our next walks are on:

Sunday 30th April 2017
Sunday 28th May 2017
Sunday 25th June 2017
Sunday 24th September 2017

The walks are 3½ miles (6km) long, taking in the Panshanger Oak and last 2 / 2½ hours.

If you would like to join us please email
friendsofpanshangerpark@gmail.com or fill out the form on the contact/join section on the main menu above.

Have you seen the parkrun Facebook page? Click here to take a look.