Over the border: Nature reserve status for treasured park

Entertainment / Thu 19th Aug 2021 at 09:42am

EAST Herts Council have successfully achieved local nature reserve status for Pishiobury Park in Sawbridgeworth in recognition of its biological, geological and historical interest under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.

East Herts is one of the largest and greenest districts within Hertfordshire and has the largest number of county designated local wildlife sites. Pishiobury Park is now the second local nature reserve in East Herts after Waterford Heath achieved this status some years ago. 

Pishiobury Park meets local nature reserve criteria in terms of its biological, geological and historical interest as well as having particularly strong community involvement, with a very active “Friends” group. It is already locally declared as a county wildlife site and has a comprehensive management plan in place.

Eric Buckmaster, executive member for wellbeing, East Herts Council, said: “The local nature reserve status at Pishiobury could not be more welcome. This is something that East Herts Council, Sawbridgeworth Town Council, the Friends of group and residents have been working towards for many years and it is testament to everyone’s hard work that this application has been successful.

“This decision has come in the same month as Love Parks Week which celebrates our open spaces and never have they been more appreciated than during the last 18 months.”  

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2 Comments for Over the border: Nature reserve status for treasured park:

2021-08-20 09:04:33

Would be good if East Herts could do the same for the Stort River Valley Valley especially from Harlow Mill to through Latton Island, instead of getting into bed with property developers to drive a gigantic massive bridge barrier crossing from Pye Corner to River Way through a precious and important natural nature reserve. The difference is, the Pishiobury is part of the housing area of the same name, the richest pocket of Conservative voters in the area, whereas hggt Gilston estate developers are reshaping the Valley to hide the Eastern bridge barrier crossing from their future residents and throwing Latton Island and the wildlife in the Valley to the dogs. The southern side of the Valley is in working class Harlow, the attitudes of East Herts are shown towards Harlow is shown in hggt pfp plans where they say that as a garden town they don't want the new villages to be anything like "urbanised" Harlow.

2021-08-20 09:56:42

Well said Ed. Pishiobury Park near to where the road to new M11 junction 7A should have been routed, on the other side of the Stort to Harlow, past Gilston and to serve its new housing to link to the A414 at Eastwick without sending traffic through Harlow, with a smaller crossing of the Stort, and without the need for the Bridge at Pye Corner/Latton Island. This route would have needed to cross sheering Lower road and the rail line as well, so too expensive. Conservative Essex CC wouldn't won't to upset the voters of East Hert's, better to stick the road right through Harlow Town without impacting voters in the surrounding villages

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