Posted: Monday 3rd December 2018
Having just moved to Hertfordshire to take up a new role in the county council’s Countryside Management Service (CMS), I have been enjoying discovering its rolling countryside scattered with charming small towns and villages. Although a very populous county, with over a million people living here, there is still plenty of lovely greenspace and countryside to explore – and wherever you live, you will find interesting places on your doorstep.
The crystal clear chalk rivers are particularly special, being a globally rare habitat and unique to England and northern France. I was lucky enough to visit the River Hiz, one such chalk river which runs through a greenspace called Burymead Springs. This local wildlife site is a hidden gem in Hitchin owned and managed by North Hertfordshire District Council in partnership with CMS.
Another feature of Hertfordshire’s greenspace which stands out to me is its woodlands, with their cathedral-like high canopies and startling sea of bluebells in the spring. Perhaps the best example is Broxbourne Woods National Nature Reserve, which is partly owned by Hertfordshire County Council and managed by CMS. This site has European and national protection as a special area of conservation and site of special scientific interest due to its oak-hornbeam woodland, wood-pasture, acid grassland and heathland.
I am very much looking forward to exploring more of what Hertfordshire has to offer (I hear the Braughing sausage and artisan cheese is excellent!), including its magical greenspaces.
Sarashka King, Trainee Land Management Projects Officer, Countryside Management Service