April 2016 Spring Newsletter


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Event, General Information, Local Web Links, Nature Trail Improvements, Nature Watch, Uncategorized | Posted on 16-04-2016

April Newsletter 2016

April showers! Spring has arrived.

Bluebell Watch – Bluebells are now in bloom in Henry and Birchall Woods. It should peak in  a weeks time.  Enjoy.

Reports are coming in about bluebells display in Panshanger Park and Lamers Wood.

Nature Trail (NT) – FoM handed the footpath maintenance back to Finesse in Dec 2012. As no path maintenance was carried out, FoM secured 2 tranches of HCC Community funds for Phase 1 & 2 path repairs last year.

  • Phase 1 was completed in Oct 2015 for £2000 by a subcontractor engaged by Finesse.
  • Phase 2  Finesse Leisure carried out the repairs in this phase for £1500. Work was done on 16 March. Sadly the standard of the repair was poor. Finesse responded to the feedback and rectified the uneven lumpy surface on 7 April. Our thanks to Cllr Sara Johnson for the funding and to Finesse for the repairs.
  • Future repairs – Please email us photos of the footpaths that still require attention.
  • Volunteers – Following December 2015’s appeal, one kind volunteer responded. We need more. Can you spare a couple of hours to help spread the remaining wood chips?  Finesse is very short staff. Bring a friend or two.
  • FoM’s ultimate aim request is for an all weather path like KGV Playing Fields.
  • Email moneyholepark@gmail.com .

Departure – Emily Nicholls sadly has left as Moneyhole’s Finesse contact last month. She shall be missed. Our thanks and best wishes to her as Stanborough Park’s General Manager.

Andy Carr is her replacement contact for all Moneyhole issues. His email is a.carr@finesseleisure.com.

Park Maintenance - Neil Stevens is the current maintenance supervisor. Please contact Neil  ( N.Stevens@finesseleisure.com ) on all maintenance issues around the park such as fallen trees, branches, broken benches or other park furniture. Please CC Andy Carr and FoM

Park Angels – As always our big thanks to all the unsung park angels who pick litter in the park & woods.

Dog & Litter Bins – A dog bin by the Pavilion was removed. BEWARE a small part of the metal pole is still above the ground. FoM is seeking it’s reinstatement. Do report any damaged or overflowing bins to Serco and Finesse for action. See emails at the end.

Branches & sticks – A reminder. Please do not leave these on the fields as these damage Finesse’s grass mower blades. This is a request from Finesse.

Friends of Panshanger Park (FoPP) .

Heritage Walks 2016

Walks led by members of the Friends will start at 2pm from Thieves Lane car park on the following Sundays:

24th April, 29th May, 26th June, 31st July, 28th August, 25th September & 30th October

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

If you would like to join one of their walks please mail – friendsofpanshangerpark@gmail.com

Visit www.friendsofpanshangerpark.co.uk

Friends of the Mimram – their aim is to protect and improve the River Mimram, one of the world’s 200 rare chalk streams. To volunteer, visit http://www.friendsofthemimram.co.uk/

Central Hertfordshire Green Corridor Group (CHGCG) – FoM attended the inaugural meeting on 08 February to promote the benefits of the vital east-west green corridor through Hertfordshire. This corridor borders Panshanger and Moneyhole Park. FoM fully supports the Green Corridor concept.

 PRESS RELEASE 25 January 2016

A new Central Hertfordshire Green Corridor Group (CHGCG) has been formed to promote the benefits of the vital east-west green corridor through Hertfordshire.

The Group will provide specialist focus and advice on Heritage, Ecology, Access, Development and Green Belt issues.

CHGGC is initially looking at the strategic green corridor north of the A414 between Stanborough and Hertford.

The Group’s focus is to:

  • Raise public awareness of the sustainable opportunities and benefits generated by a well-planned green corridor and its role in facilitating ecosystem services.
  • Ensure that wildlife has a wide enough corridor so that it can move freely through countryside, towns and villages as it adapts to climate change.
  • Promote and lobby for improvements to the green corridor within planning authorities and councils.
  • Engage with landowners and developers on an individual and landscape/corridor wide scale.
  • Respond to development proposals as appropriate.
  • Identify projects that collectively maintain and enhance the benefits of the green corridor.
  • Share specialist knowledge and improve communications.

CHGCG’s spokesman David Farmer said:

 “Our Group will add significantly to the debate on how the County should develop. We expect development but it must be carefully planned and located. Better engagement by planners and developers with the wider community and its wealth of knowledge is the best way to achieve acceptable and sustainable change. Care needs Central Hertfordshire Green Corridor Group Heritage – Ecology – Access – Development – Green Belt”

For more information contact – centralhertsgreencorridor@gmail.com 75 Sylvandale, Welwyn Garden City AL7 2HT

Tarmac Birchall Garden Surburb – The second public roadshow was held on the 11 March.

The revised proposal still fails to fully address the infrastructure issues from transport, sewage, medical to leisure facilities for 2500 homes (5 – 6000 pop). The Northern (East Herts) proposal include gravel extraction very close to existing homes and Moneyhole Park. FoM have grave concerns that the scale of BGS can cause the ancient Henry & Birchall Woods to become sterile areas. The current proposal do not support a realistic Central Herts Green Corridor during and after the development.

Panshanger People (PP)- Visit  PP website for more update and information – http://panshangerpeople.org.uk/  Their contact email – panshangerpeople@gmail.com

Panshanger Community News – Email us if you have any local news or community events.

Park Photos – send us your park photos to share.


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FoM website administrator and organiser – Can you help to run the Community Newsletter and/or the website updates?

Ideas and volunteers are wanted.

Useful emails

Date: 16 April 2016

Spring 2015


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Event, General Information, Nature Trail Improvements, Nature Watch | Posted on 05-05-2015

Bluebells – Time to enjoy the bluebells at its best this Spring in the next few days. New paths have appeared in both Birchall and Henry Woods  creating new circuits.

Nature Trail (NT) – FoM has secured £2000 from the Community Fund (CF) for emergency repairs to some damaged sections along Wyton NT. Weather permitting, work will start this month.

This is first CF grant that FoM had gained to improve the Nature Trail. FoM volunteers carried out all past foundation work, laying wood chipping and repairs. Thanks to Cllr Sara Johnson and her HCC Community Fund grant. Finesse needs more funding for repairs to the rest of the NT before winter.  Glad a little of our Council Tax is spent back here.

The original FoM request for an all weather  path like KGV Playing Fields is still our aim.  If you support FoM’s proposal, lobby your councillors and Finesse for more funding.

New noticeboard – We welcome community posters, notices or news. Lost and found messages can be posted too. The old damaged noticeboard will be removed by Finesse. Email us.

Coffee Morning Picnic Run – A new coffee morning picnic run by the WGC Coffee Club that is a facebook group for new people who have moved to WGC. They will be using the Moneyhole park for a social picnic. Contact them on FB if you wish to join.

Park Maintenance - Neil Stevens is the current maintenance supervisor. Please contact Neil  (N.Stevens@finesseleisure.com) if there are maintenance issues around the park.

Friends of Panshanger Park (FoPP) -  180 people attended the Peoples Anniversary Walk on Tues 31st March.  Walking groups came from Hertford, Welwyn Garden City, Hertingfordbury and Birch Green.  Gary O’Leary, Chairman of Friends of Panshanger Park and Kate Ashbrook, General Secretary of the Open Spaces Society addressed the crowd, prior to a walk to see the Panshanger Great Oak and the Orangery, currently off limits to the public.

Read the article at FoPP on www.friendsofpanshangerpark.co.uk

FoPP Heritage Walks 2015

Why not join one of FoPP free heritage walks? Enjoy a pleasant stroll through this delightful Humphry Repton landscape and its history. Walks led by members of the Friends start at 2pm at Thieves Lane car park.

SUN 31st MAY & SUN 28th JUNE free heritage walks.

If you would like to join one of FPP walks please email – friendsofpanshangerpark@gmail.com

Bericot Green  - Sadly the planning committee passed the application against local concerns. This was a sad decision as Panshanger ward has lost the last decent green amenity space for an over sized, out of character, building.  Due diligence was perfunctory. A great shame. Remember those who poorly served the community.

Friends of the Mimram -

Protect and improve the River Mimram, one of the world’s 200 rare chalk streams.

Friends of the Mimram – A fantastic, dedicated local group who has achieved so much to revive the Mimram, a local gem.

If you wish to volunteer for the Friends of the Mimram and visit.  http://www.friendsofthemimram.co.uk/

Park Angels -  Thanks to the unsung park angels picking litter in Moneyhole park & woods. It has made such a difference to all Park users.

Panshanger People (PP)

PP is backing Gary O’Leary as an Independent candidate in the local elections on Thursday 07 May.

Have a visit before Thursday http://councillorgaryoleary.co.uk/

At elections always judge the incumbents by their deeds and their past effectiveness. Gary is  one of PP committee members, who is standing to give local residents real voice.

Visit  PP website for more update and information – http://panshangerpeople.org.uk/

Contact details – email (panshangerpeople@gmail.com)

Panshanger Community News – Email us if you have any local news or community events.

Dog Wardens – will be stepping up their patrols due to the rise in dog fouling by a small group of irresponsible owners on the fields and around the footpaths.

Friends of Moneyhole Park (FoM)

Follow us on Twitter @moneyholepark. Email us: moneyholepark@gmail.com

Sizzling May Bank Holiday


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in General Information, Nature Trail Improvements, Nature Watch | Posted on 06-05-2013

May Bank Holiday – What a difference the sunshine made to today’s May Bank Holiday. Around the park many folks were out enjoying the sunshine and several families were picnicking in a group.

The park fruit trees are laden with white blossoms. Birdsong filled the air. This year’s display of wood anemones put on its best show in living memory. Bluebells are starting to come out and will peak in a few days all being well.

Found – A local family came across a large crash model aeroplane. If you are or know the owner please email us moneyholepark@gmail.com

Park Angels -  A big thank you to the many park angels picking litter as they go. You make such a difference.

Nature Trail -  Wood chips wanted. If you know a friendly tree surgeon who can donate some let us know. It saves paying to dump the wood chips into a land fill.

Follow us on Twitter @moneyholepark. Email us: moneyholepark@gmail.com


RSPB’s Winter Great Garden Birdwatch


Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Nature Watch | Posted on 04-02-2013

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Robin in Panshanger
A robin perches in the neighbour’s hedge!
Lesley writes:
Last weekend (26th/27thJanuary 2013) was the RSPB’s Winter Great Garden Birdwatch, an activity where members of the public are asked to count the total number of birds they see in their garden or park at any one point in time during a period of an hour. There will be a second one in Summer after the nesting period. This all began in 1979 and is, reportedly, the biggest single wildlife survey in the world with nearly 600,000 people participating last year – a huge number.In order to make it an interesting watch I made sure all the garden feeders were topped up and that there was plenty of fresh water in the birdbath, in order to attract as many birds as possible into the garden. It can be a long hour when no-one is visiting. With binoculars, pen, paper and id book to hand I switched between the windows downstairs and those upstairs. It proved to be a busy time in the garden with a total of 16 different species recorded in that hour, plus a red kite seen flying overhead in the not too far distance. And this is what appeared:
  1. Blackbird
  2. Blue tit
  3. Carrion crow
  4. Chaffinch
  5. Collard dove
  6. Dunnock
  7. Fieldfare
  8. Goldfinch
  9. Great tit
  10. House sparrow
  11. Magpie
  12. Redpoll
  13. Robin
  14. Starling
  15. Woodpigeon

And one mystery bird that I thought may have been a Linnet, but I can’t swear on that as I only caught fleeting sight of it.

I didn’t think that was bad for an urban garden. Obviously, when the weather is cold you do get more birds in the garden as food is harder to find in the wild and the country also plays host to overseas visitors like fieldfares and redpolls arriving from harsher climes. I heard that someone very recently reported sighting a flock of waxwings feeding from berry bearing trees in Panshanger. That is one bird that always appears in garden bird books but that I’ve yet had the pleasure of seeing myself. So, far I’ve listed nearly 30 species in our garden but I’m always on the lookout to add more.

 I’d be interested to hear if anyone else did the birdwatch and how many species they spotted! 

Autumn in the park


Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in autumn, Nature Watch | Posted on 11-11-2012


Here are just a few pictures taken around th park this autumn weekend. The autumnal clours are in their final flush now, also the squirrels are having a veritable feast on the abundant chesnuts. This has to be one of the attractive times of the year to go for a stroll, or ride, around the woods.

A squirrels breakfast

A squirrel chomps on a chesnut A squirrel chomps on a chestnut

The golden leaves at Moneyhole The golden leaves at Moneyhole

One of the paths through the woods


strange mushrooms Strange mushrooms

Chestnuts litter the forest floor

Got any pictures of your own?

Send them in and we can post them here.

Autumn Newsletter and Panshanger Community Information


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Campaign, Event, General Information, Local Web Links, Nature Trail Improvements, Nature Watch | Posted on 28-09-2012

Now that Autumn is upon us, it is a great time for the woodland walks and to spot the varieties of sprouting mushroom and fungi making their annual display.

Bericot Green Development – planning application for 75 bed care home and 10 disabled youths homes, 20 day care units and 4 independent elderly living units have been received on 25 Sep 2012 for half the site. There is a 21 day consulation period. It is basically unchanged except for the new Shackleton Way access. Apart from the large complex, impact on the neighbourhood, amenities, infrastructure, parking and traffic are of concern. View the application on https://fastweb.welhat.gov.uk or post your comments through www.welhat.gov.uk  Please contact Tony Barring-Hill for more information or co-ordinated action on tony@barrington-hill.co.uk. https: www.bericotgreen.co.uk

Councillors Surgery resumes tomorrow - Sat 29 Sep 10 -10.45am @ Moneyhole Pavillion Committee Room. Come and raise your concerns with your councillors. Hopefully they have access to the pavillion on this occasion and henceforth. Surgeries are held last Sat each month except December. Same time and place.

Nature Trail Repairs – we have a couple of kind volunteers who emailed with offers of help. Two or more will make it viable to organise a Saturday morning 13 October from 10 – 12noon. Email us on moneyholepark@gmail.com

Panshanger Roundabout Advertisement Boards – The Council withdrew their applications to advertise on most of Panshanger roundabouts on 12 Sep after local objections.

Sylvan Way roundabouts – Two roundabouts (Wellington Dr/Bericot Way & Tempfords/ Shackleton Way) were resurfaced recently. After three years of reporting pot holes and cracking surfaces, Herts Highways finally resurfaced the two roundabouts instead of patching  just the specific holes reported. Persistence pays.

Dogs Olympics, Hatfield House 14 October – Royal Vet College is holding a Dog Olympics fun day with agility shows, best dog shows and many other events. Visit RVC website for opening times and for more information. Herts Neighbourhood Police will also there to sign up Dog Watch volunteers. Come and meet their new mascot Douglas.

Dog Watch – Be ears and eyes of the community. Welhat Neighbourhood Police is relaunching the Dog Watch scheme. Email samantha.griffin@herts.pnn.police.uk

Nature Watch – Have the kites moved on?

Birchall Farm – A resident reports today that test pits were dug by Lafage next to Moneyhole Park. Can anyone else confirm this and their plans?

FoM website administrator and organiser – can you help to run the Community Newsletter and/or the website updates? Current incumbent will be standing down. Ideas and volunteers are wanted or the community website, twitter and circular will cease.

Send us your Panshanger and Moneyhole Park news for future inclusion.

Follow us Twitter @moneyholepark

Email – moneyholepark@gmail.com

June Newsletter


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Campaign, Event, General Information, Nature Trail Improvements, Nature Watch | Posted on 28-06-2012

Jubilee Picnic Monday 04 June 12

PSCO Christina Cooper did a sterling job organising this for the community. Jubilee House Care Home, Girl Guides, Panshanger Church and Street Wardens lent their support. Inspite of the inclement weather, there was a reasonable turnout out of ardent supporters of the event held inside the PFC hall. Our thanks to her, PFC and everyone who came.

Nature Trail

Tuesday 05 June- Eileen, Mark, Erin and yours truly re laid a section of the Nature Trail from the main park entrance.

Volunteers We have 3 heaps of donated wood chips around the park. What we really need are some kind volunteers.
Kindly email if you can spare and hour or two either on a weekday or weekend. Please state the  likely days and time. I shall try to arrange some dates to suit.

Bericot Green Development

The HCC held an exhibition at Springmead JMI on Tuesday 19 June. It was a proposal to redevelop the small piece of amenity land between Bericot Way, Sylvan Way and Shackleton Way in Panshanger for 100+ housing units including the relocation of Hyde House and St Michael Care Homes. The development is wholly out of character for the area without any new provision for the infrastructure or supporting services. There will be a striking 3 storey and ‘E’shaped complex care homes on half the site and housing outline for the other half. The housing outline is indicative at this stage. More flats are not ruled out in the final build. The Bericot Green development and traffic may affect many Moneyhole Park users and the surrounding neighbourhood.

Responses must be received by Friday 29 June. Please contact tony@barrington-hill.co.uk for more information/questionnaire or visit www.bericotgreen.co.uk.

Nature Watch

Lesley kindly posted photos and a delightful story on field mice found in her garden on the website.
A fox cub was spotted in Roseacre Gardens around mid afternoon Sunday 24 June.
Recently the range and number of birds spotted in and around Moneyhole were pretty impressive. Email us.


Sunglasses- contact us if you have lost a pair of sunglasses in the Park or Woods.


Car keywith a Tesco key fob in Moneyhole Park over Jubilee Bank Holidays.

Tree Poll

Vote in the poll if you think of replacing fell and dead trees around Moneyhole with fruit trees is a good idea. Community orchards are gaining in popularity. Fruit trees  attract wildlife and benefit park users. It can help to preserve old varieties.

Park Angels

Grateful thanks to the kind park angels who pick up litter around the park and woods, Moneyhole is much cleaner than the surrounding streets. Pity the litter louts and smokers still drop  rubbish around the park and woods. The warmer dry nights attract a different set of park users and their litter.


Follow us on Twitter @moneyholepark

Friends of Moneyhole
www.welwynhatfield.co.uk/moneyhole – striving for a cleaner, safer & inclusive park

Field mice uncovered


Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Nature Watch | Posted on 30-05-2012

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Local resident Lesley writes:

Moving a long established plant container this week with a big mound of ivy in it unfortunately disturbed (along with a frog) a nest of fieldmice. The babies which had not yet opened their eyes started running away as fast as their tiny little legs could carry them before we scooped them up. We tried to recreate the nest in the same spot with the help of some shredded paper and a roof of plant pot saucers to protect them from the rain as the Mum was seen hopping around in the vicinity. A couple of days later we saw that they’d gone so we are guessing and hoping she moved them to a new site. Here are some pictures of the cute critters:

Fieldmice in Panshanger

Baby fieldmice


Fieldmice in Panshanger

Jubilee Picnic in the Park


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Anti Social Behaviour ASB, Event, Nature Trail Improvements, Nature Watch | Posted on 11-05-2012

Jubilee Picnic in the Park

Join us on Bank Holiday Monday 04 June from 12 – 3 pm. Bring your own picnic, chairs, rugs or gazebo. Dress up if you wish.
Please leave your dogs at home and sorry no BBQs. Come on foot as there is limited parking. Do come with your family, friends and neighbours. Make this a memorable day. We are raising funds for Help for Heros and the local Jubilee Care Trust.

Email if you can help on the day.

Nature Watch

Steven kindly send us photos taken recently of a fox visiting Russet House grounds from Moneyhole.

Bluebells – the display is just gone past their best. Hope you managed to see this year’s show despite the inclement weather. The bluebells are speading from Birchall Wood to Henry Woods which is good news. Send us your photos.








Woodland walk – Birchall Farm’s rapeseed crop is in full bloom at the moment. The vibrant yellow carpet is quite spectacular in the sunshine.








Field Mice – These beautiful tiny creatures have been spotted in gardens around the Park.
Garden birds – recent visitors are wagtails, robins, various tits and collared doves.

Nature Trail

The recent rain, bicycles and trail bikes have taken their toll on several sections of the NT footpaths. Email us if you can help to relay wood chips when the weather improves.

Trail bikes

After a couple months of hiatus, the bikers are back churning up the footpaths. Please call the Police on 101 as they are a danger to park users and dogs.

Friends of Moneyhole
www.welwynhatfield.co.uk/moneyhole – striving for a cleaner, safer & inclusive park
Email: moneyholepark@gmail.com

April Newsletter


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Event, General Information, Nature Trail Improvements, Nature Watch, Uncategorized | Posted on 10-04-2012

Happy Easter. Shame about the April showers but it is much needed.

Nature Trail (NT) repair 31 March

The core volunteers – the May family and yours truly kicked off this year’s first repair of the worn path.

Margot joined us and together we shifted 4 tonnes of wood chips. Mark, Linda, Margot and Erin deserved a big thank you for their effort. The trail footpath is holding up surprisingly well with this rain. Do go out and enjoy the mile long  walk.

Next NT repair will be on Sat 28 April  10am -12 noon weather permiting. Meet by Wyton Park entrance. Bring a rake, spade or barrow. Email us if you can help.

Nature Watch

Red Kites – Steven reported  a Red Kite flying quite low down over Chelverston Sat 7 Apr morning. A wonderful sight.

Sparrows – Where have the sparrows gone? A senior citizen in Tewin Village shop recently lamented no sparrows were seen in his garden for years. Is this your experience?

Tewin Village shop – a communty run shop. They stock the wonderful local Digswell sausages that are delivered every Thursday morning. Braughing sausages have changed hands and recipe.  Sadly the new recipe is a poor imitation and the shop stopped stocking it last year. Do visit and support both the village shop and Digswell butcher. They also sell local grown fruit, vegetables, home made cakes and free range eggs too. There is an outside tea room too.

Circular Walk – It is a great circular walk from Moneyhole Park to Tewin via Henry woods, Panshanger Aerodrome, follow signed footpath to B1000 and cross the Mimram Pooh Bridge. Up the slope and go through Lambs Dell Wood into Tewin pass the village shop towards the village green. Take a pit stop to sup at the Rose & crown before heading towards Archers Green. Pass Tewin Water Mill and then up the steep footpath to Panshanger Aerodrome and back into Bericot Way. There are two alternative routes back. The bluebells in Lambs Dell wood started to flower 9 days back. The wood anemones were in bloom too. Allow 1.5 -2 hours. Great views. Email for more directions.

Bluebells - Birchall Woods and an adjacent section of Henry Woods will be in flower in a week to two weeks time all being well. Should be a good show again this year if the rain continues. Keep us posted.

Queen Diamond Jublilee Big Picnic in the Park – Bank Holiday Monday 04 June. Dress up and celebrate this special event with your family and friends. A date for your diary. Do pass the message on.

Park Angels – The park and woods are cleaner thanks to the kind park users and residents.

Dog Mess – Sadly some irresponsible dog owners are still not clearing up after their pooches.

Follow us on Twitter @moneyholepark. Email: moneyholepark@gmail.com