Posted: Tuesday 21st March 2017
An event was held on Friday 23rd September to celebrate the completion of the parks and Beyond Project and to launch the new site leaflet.
Local district and county Councillors, East Herts Council Officers, Countryside Management Service (CMS), local volunteers and residents, all came along to see the new interpretation panel and leaflet unveiled and joined a walk around part of one the new routes.
Parks and Beyond Project was devised to improve access between people’s homes and green spaces around Bishop’s Stortford, without the need for a car. The two new non-motorised circular walks link together five East Herts Council managed open spaces - Thorley Wedge, Southern Country Park, Northern Parkland, Bishop's Park and The Firs.
The project has been made possible thanks to funding from East Herts Council. CMS staff managed the project.
There has also been a fantastic contribution made by Friends of The Firs, Friends of Southern Country Park and CMS Tuesday team of practical volunteers who have all been actively involved in the project. Activities included: coppicing scrub and thinning woodland, installing endless waymarker posts, entrance signs and interpretation panels.
East Herts Council Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Eric Buckmaster said ‘Why not leave the car at home and explore Bishop’s Stortford? This project encourages people to do just that, with the new on site interpretation and site leaflet exploring your local area couldn’t be easier.’ Adding ‘The volunteer involvement in the project has been outstanding, well done to all involved’.
The new leaflet is available from local libraries, tourist information centre or can be downloaded from East Herts Council website www.eastherts.gov.uk/bishopsstortfordparks