WINTER WORKING PARTY AT THE WOODLAND PARK........

                                         

Pictured above... Mark Carter leading a group of volunteers carrying out coppicing work on Hazels in the south east plantation at Jersey Farm Woodland Park. 

                                           

BENTLEY SPINNEY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT UPDATE
 (please refer to the bottom of this home page for history)
 
Woodland management works will commence in the Spinney on Monday 8th February and last for approximately 2 weeks.The area dominated by Sycamore will be thinned, involving the felling of some trees in crowded groups and those close to the boundary.  This will give the remaining trees more space to grow and provide space for native trees and shrubs also. 

VOLUNTEERS are needed to assist with these works on Wednesday 24th February.  For more details please contact Ciaran Mullan, ciaran.mullan@hertfordshire.gov.uk, 07812 323283.  

HARNESS WAY POND CLEARING

Sandridge Parish Council's PEAP committee were hard at work in the snow recently, helping to clear the pond at Harness Way........

                       

 ST ALBANS DISTRICT COUNCIL

STRATEGIC LOCAL PLAN 2011 - 2031 - PUBLICATION DRAFT 

Date:  3rd January - 19th February 2016 Have your say......

Is the Draft Plan compliant with legal processes and sound in legal and planning terms?

You are strongly encouraged to make your representations online at: www.stalbans.gov.uk/slp, or alternatively you can view a hard copy of the plan and obtain representation forms from Sandridge Parish Council Office, The Ridgeway (behind the library).  Telephone 01727 831871 for further information. 

THE MAYOR'S PRIDE AWARDS 2016

The Mayor's Pride Awards honour extraordinary individuals and outstanding organisations in St Albans City and District.  To nominate online go to: www.stalbans.gov.uk/mayorsprideawards. 

CAN YOU HELP PROTECT AN OLDER PERSON FROM FIRE?

Please click here for more information, thank you.  

COUNTRYFILE AT HEARTWOOD FOREST  

   

The BBC were at Heartwood Forest last week, filming for a future CountryFile programme.  Above is a picture of their presenter, Ellie, with Pam Farley who's a long standing and keen Woodland Trust supporter, both heeling in the small oaks that had been planted.  The other is a picture of the working party that managed to plant 800 or so oak whips in the Arboretum. 

WINTER SELF HELP SCHEME

Herts County Council is launching this year's Winter Self Help Scheme.  Please click here for all relevant information and application forms.  

SANDRIDGE PARISH SUPPORTING THE HERTS AIR AMBULANCE  

 Sandridge Parish Council are supporting the Herts Air Ambulance by  installing 3 of their new clothing banks in our car parks at the Parish Office, Sherwood Park and Spencer Meadow (Village Hall).  

The banks will accept everything from suits to jeans, socks to bras, shoes to woolly jumpers and jackets to rags; all items are recycled in one way or another.  Click here for further details  

MEDIA RELEASE:

PATIENT ADVICE & LIAISON SERVICE TO OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK 
(click here for more details) 

ST LEONARD'S CHURCH IN SANDRIDGE IS LOOKING FOR NEW FRIENDS

Please click here for further information 

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH FOR SANDRIDGE

Please click here for further information, or click on http://www.owl.co.uk/

 

 JERSEY FARM WOODLAND PARK IN DECEMBER

‘The trees encountered on a country stroll

reveal a lot about a country’s soul’

W.H.Auden

Trees planted tightly together are constrained by their neighbours, competing with each other for the necessities of life: water, light, minerals and, crucially, carbon dioxide. The last is not in short supply, you’d think, during the recent blustery days and given what we know about increasing levels of atmospheric carbon.

Without their leaves, the shapes of trees become clear: on the woodland park the birch grows fast but often develops a noticeable lean; the field maple’s trunk soon forks; the young ash resembles a pole; the hawthorns are much-branched from their base.

The winter provides an opportunity to assess the trees’ health and to observe any structural weaknesses. In managed woods, felling poorer trees around the best specimens encourages the best trees to fulfil their potential. This is called ‘thinning’. Hence the paint marks on trees in the south west plantation.

  FREE BUS SERVICE

Did you know that Sandridge Parish Council runs a bus service taking pensioners and disabled people, free of charge, to and from St. Albans every Wednesday (Market Day)?

Click here to view the timetable.

WE HAVE A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN PAGE

The Neighbourhood Plan is a big project involving the community in decision making over how the parish will be run/decisions that may be made on green belt planning etc. in the future. Click here to go to the page.  

 BENTSLEY SPINNEY - Greenspace Action Plan (GAP) 2014 - 2019

Bentsley Spinney is a small area of woodland surrounded by housing in the Marshalswick area of St Albans. 

The objective of the GAP  is to improve and enhance this small urban woodland for both people and wildlife. For further information, please click here to visit.

Disclaimer