Who we are?

The Friends of Panshanger Park – Who We Are

Organisations supporting the Friends of Panshanger Park include: British Horse Society (Herts), East Herts Footpaths, Friends of the Mimram, Hertford Civic Society, Hertford Disability Group, Herts Garden Trust, Hertingfordbury Conservation Society, Hertingfordbury Parish Council, Hertford & Ware Local History Society, Herts Building Preservation Trust, Herts Local Access Forum, Open Spaces Society, Panshanger People, The Ramblers, Welwyn Garden City Society, Welwyn Planning and Amenity Group, Welwyn Hatfield Cycling Forum.

The Friends of Panshanger Park exist because we care passionately about this special, historical and ecologically significant 1000 acre estate which we would like to get opened up for eveyone to enjoy.

The Friends of Panshanger Park (The FPP) were formed to achieve two Primary Objectives:

  1.  To help preserve and enhance The Panshanger Park Grade II* Listed landscape for future generations.
  2.  To ensure public access to a vibrant country park is achieved as soon as possible and maintained into the future for the people of Hertfordshire.

The Friends Committee comprises:

NAME                                    ORGANISATION (as relevant)

Alison Warn                              Hertford Disability Group (Nominated Member)

Barrie Goldsmith                      Sustrans (Nom Member)

Barry Simkins                           Member

David Farmer                           Member

Don Street                                Friends of the Mimram (Nom Member)

Gary O’Leary (Chair)              Member

Geoff Cordingley (Secretary) Hertford & Ware Local History Society (Nom Member)

Haidy Blake                              Hertingfordbury Parish Council (Nom Member)

Jacky O’Leary                         Hertingfordbury Conservation Society (Nom Member)

Julie Brix                                  The Ramblers (Nom Member)

Kate Harwood (Vice Chair)   Herts Garden Trust (Nom Member)

Louise Smith                           Member

Rab Harley (Treasurer)        Member

Richard Threlfall                    Hertford Civic Society (Nom Member)

Will Davis                                Welwyn Garden City Society & Panshanger People (Nom Member)










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Public Access Rights

From 1st January 2018 mineral extraction has finished on the Panshanger Estate.

This means the full Country Park is now open. This public amenity for Hertfordshire is a legal obligation, in perpetuity, on the landowners. As granted by the Secretary of  State for Environment in 1980 in exchange for valuable mineral extraction rights.

See Country Park Access Map on home page to see areas you should now feel free to enter and enjoy.

Fences or locked gates restricting access to Country Park areas are not legal obstructions to public access.

Who we are

Friends of Panshanger Park formed in 2013 to represent groups & individuals disappointed by years of delay in the opening up of the full Country Park at Panshanger. The Panshanger estate owners were granted mineral extraction rights in following a Public Inquiry. The resulting legal agreement obliged the owners to return a restored Country Park with a wide range of facilities to the people of Hertfordshire.

Stay in touch!

Join the Friends as a supporter by simply emailing us at:
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