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

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.

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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! 

Proposal for 700 homes in Panshanger & public meeting


Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in core strategy, Event, General Information | Posted on 06-01-2013

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Meeting flyer 18th January meeting

UPDATE: A residents meeting has now been arranged at Panshanger Church for next Friday, all are welcome. Download the above flyer in A4 form here, or a black and white small notice sheet here.

Tell your friends!


Many park users will be aware of the proposal to build 700 houses across the aerodrome site and beyond. This is part of the council’s Core Strategy update for Welwyn Hatfield.  Moneyhole park itself is safe from development but there are many other issues for Panshanger residents to consider. We have until the 31st January to give feedback to the council on these plans.  You can find all the information on the council website.

A collection of links and views on the issue can also be found here:

Last Nature Trail Repair?


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Nature Trail Improvements | Posted on 28-11-2012

Saturday 10 November 2012

Despite the inclement weather it was a great turn out by 7 volunteers to re-surface a section of the Wyton Park entrance footpath.

Grateful thanks to Eugene, Mark, Erin, Eileen, Nuala and Will for helping to complete the task in record time.

Alas this will be the last repair for the year and possibly in the future. We need a kind tree surgeon to donate wood chips as Mark has hung up his chain saw.

Contact if you can donate wood chips or volunteer in the future.

Alert – Dog Illness Update


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 28-11-2012

Further to FoM circular on Saturday 24 Nov, the Police have thankfully found no evidence of malicious poisoning but will investigate if information comes to light.

The dogs who fell ill may having been suffering from Seasonal Cannine Illness (SCI). Please see the Animal Health Trust (AHT) website or call 01638 555399/751000 for dog owners affected.

The last alert was sent in good faith after a concerned walker, who spoke to the bereaved dog owner on Saturday, wished to forewarn others.

Our thanks to various agencies for their help on the matter and to those who kindly passed on information for dissemination.

Dogs’ welfare is our prime concern in this situation.

Our thoughts and sympathies with the family of the dog who died.

Alert Dog Poisoned in Moneyhole and woods


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 24-11-2012

This week 7 dogs were reported poisoned by food laced with anti freeze in Moneyhole Park, Nature Trail and woods (Henry & Birchall). One (Max) has sadly died. Condition of others are unknown.

Please keep your dogs on leads and muzzled till the culprit(s) are caught. Report if you see anyone planting food and bag all food found (bread, cheese etc).  Police non emergency number is 101 or 01707 354000.

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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.

November 2012 – Nature Trail Repairs & Community Information


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Campaign, Event, General Information, Local Web Links, Nature Trail Improvements | Posted on 05-11-2012

Nature Trail Repairs Sat 10 Nov – CHANGE OF VENUE

Can you spare 2 hours this Sat 10 Nov from 10 am to 12 noon? We have a pile of wood chips to spread over a section of the footpath by the Park’s Wyton entrance,  midway on left of Moneyhole Park. Bring a friend, spade, rake or a barrow. Please dress for the weather. If it rains heavily, we shall cancel and rearrange. Kindly email if you can join us.

Four year old Westie needs new home

Can you give a loving home to a 4 year old Westie after Christmas? Owners emigrating. Please email if you can help.

Mimram Abstraction & Water Management Plan (from Friends of Mimram)

Affintiy Water wants your views for the next Water Plan as directed by Ofwat. Let them know of your concerns about the Mimram by 15th December. Consultation covers water metering, leaks, charges, abstraction and much more. See Friends of Mimram website for more details.

Neighbourhood Watch

Police issued a safety advice today after a series of incidents where people are being distracted in cars parks and their bank cards stolen.  Incidents reported were in Harpenden, Bishop Stortford, Berkhampstead, Letchworth, Broxbourne and Rickmansworth.

In the majority of cases the victim was approached by a man or a couple in a car park. They tell the victim they have dropped £10. The offender then helps the victim put the money in their purse, stealing their bank card at the same time. In some cases the offender(s) distract the victim with a map, whilst they steal their wallet or purse. Sadly the majority of the victims are elderly losing hundreds of pounds.

Bericot Green – WGC Dowsers

WGC dowsers carrried out a successful preliminary survey on the site this morning Mon 05 Nov when they heard about the HCC planning application. Some residents have seen and spoke to them. We shall keep you posted when they post tangible findings.

Allsop Auction

The 3 lots of Sylvan Way verges and tree belt were sold last week at auction. The valiant efforts of Loraine and affected residents resulted in a temporary Tree Preservation Order (TPO) being imposed prior to the auction. The campaign will go on to prevent development on such strips of  lands. Email or visit the forum . Such developments have ramifications for all in WGC & Hatfield not just Panshanger.

Neighbourhood Planning – Localism Act

Check out this link. Worth working together to have a say over development in the community.


Our grateful thanks goes to Mark & Linda May who spread wood chips along  Wyton path on two Saturdays last month by themselves.

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October 2012 Newsletter & Panshanger Community Information


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Campaign, Event, General Information, Nature Trail Improvements | Posted on 20-10-2012

October is one of my favourite months. The nip in the air with the onset of glorious displays of red and golden leaves are a welcome change. Alas this year is slightly disappointing with a slower onset of autumnal splendour. I like crunching leaves underfoot, the changing treescape and the woodland scent. Please submit and share your photos of local floral and fauna or landscape.

Nature Trail repair 10am – 12 noon Sat 10 Nov 2012

Sat 13 Oct – A big thank you to Eugene for helping out last Saturday to spread woodchips on footpath along Stirling Way. Overhanging branches and bramble were cut back at some narrow sections.

Sat 10 Nov - Join us for the next one by Henry Woods & Brichall Woods junction. Meet at the woodchip pile by the mobile mast (right hand corner of the Park).  Bring a friend, rake, shovel or barrow to this free work out.  Please email to confirm your attendance

Acknowledgements – The following were funded by Cllr Sara Johnson from her HCC Locality Budget. We wish to thank Sara on behalf of the residents.

  • Sylvan Way Roundabouts -  Two roundabouts (Wellington Dr/Bericot Way & Tempfords/ Shackleton Way) resurfaced in recent months as reported previously.
  • New Dog Bin – A dog bin has been installed by  Bericot Way and Moors Walk roundabout.

Bericot Green Comments deadline – 01 Nov 2012

Please email or send your comments to the Planning Department on this massive development on Bericot /Sylvan Way junction. See FoM website on how to comment. Will kindly updated the website with a easy to follow article and links. Please cc your councillors, MP & when you comment. 

Sylvan Way Allsop Residential Auction 01 Nov 2012  lots 158, 159 & 160 Grass verges & strips of tree belt land

Three lots of Panshanger Sylvan Way grass verges and narrow strips of tree belt are offered for sale by Allsop on 01 November 2012 by auction for potential development. The freeholder is Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd.

Should development planning permission be granted for such narrow strips of tree belts and verges which are part of the Garden City concept?  We welcome residents’ views on the matter. There is a two week time window before the auction date.

 Panshanger 20 year Housing Plan Proposal – Airfield & surrounding amenity land

Two local plans documents for 7200+ dwellings submitted to planning came to light on WH forum  -
This is a 18 year plan to identify potential development sites. Consultation then formally starts 12 Nov 2012 till 18 January 2013. You can complete a questionnaire online at: Raise this with your councillors and keep us posted.

Forthcoming Events

Herts Police WGC Dog Watch Launch Sat Oct 20th 12pm to 3pm at KGV park WGC(Beehive Lane end) Bring your pet dogs to free fun dog show.
Police PSCO surgery – Wed 24th October  7pm to 9pm Barndicott Hall, Barndicott (off Watchlytes) Panshanger Welwyn Garden City
Talk to PSCO Christina about your local concerns and crime prevention advice. You also can book a free home crime prevention check and have your property/pedal cycles etc security mark at the surgery. Tea and coffee available, friends, children and pets welcome.
Contact PCSO Christina Cooper Police Community Support OfficerNeighbourhood Watch by  Email: or on 01707 354192
Dogs For DisabledChristmas Fair - Saturday 27th October10:30 – 3pm WGC Free Church.  Come and support a worthy cause. Stock up with reasonably priced Christmas presents, cards & decorations.
Councillors Surgery  - Sat 27 Oct 10 -10.45am @ Moneyhole Pavillion Committee Room. Come and raise your concerns with your councillors.Surgeries are held last Sat each month except December. Same time and place. See website for list of dates.

Lost & Found

  • A bank debit card was found on Friday in Henry Woods and was handed in to WGC Barclay Bank on Tues 16 Oct.
  • A house key with a fob is still unclaimed.

Park AngelsA big thank you to all kind folks who picks litter around the park and woods. It has made a big difference. Keep up the good work.


-Should FoM be renamed Panshanger Haldens Community Group or East WGC Residents Community Group to reflect the wider community content? Email comments, suggestions or if you want to be an founder member of the new group.

Follow us on Twitter – @moneyholepark. Email – Please forward to friends and neighbours. Contact us if you wish to added to the circulation list.

Bericot Green Care Home Proposal


Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Campaign, General Information, Local Web Links | Posted on 11-10-2012

Just to make local residents aware,  a proposal by Quantum Care for a care home development on Bericot Green is open for public consultation until October 17th. The proposed development consists of:

75   bed Care Home
20   person Elderly Persons Day Care Centre
10   Person short break Young Physically Disabled Home
4     Independent Living Units
1    Enablement Suite

Details of the plan, can be found here:

The online comment form can be found here:

There is  local opposition to the plan and a group of residents  have set up a website which can be found here:

This information is to inform residents of this proposal and the fact that consultation period is drawing to a close so any comments you wish to make should be submitted NOW.

A map outlining the intended location (from one of the planning documents in the public domain) is shown below:

Bericot Green site map