JERSEY FARM WOODLAND PARK RECEIVES GREEN FLAG AWARD!

Sandridge Parish Council have just been officially told that the Jersey Farm Woodland Park has been awarded a Green Flag Community Award for the fifth consecutive year. This award is given in recognition of achieving the national standard for parks and green spaces and is the mark of a quality green space and we should all be very proud of this! There should hopefully be a report in the St. Albans Review and the Herts Advertiser next week.   


 MARSHALSWICK HISTORY TRAIL

Leaflets detailing the  Marshalswick history trail can be found in the library at the Quadrant 

 "Now you see it, now you don't!" 

           

"The crane which has been a feature on our skyline for a long time during the building of the replacement for Caroline Sharp house has finally gone!"  

The Sandridge Hoard 

The hoard of 159 Roman gold coins unearthed in September 2012 has been bought for £98,500 from the landowner and the novice metal-detector by St. Alban’s Museum’s and Galleries Trust with considerable help from individual benefactors and the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

The cache, from around 1,600 years ago and almost the largest discovered in the UK, will be housed in a special display case at the Verulamium Museum from September.

                                                       

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

Please click here for further information 

ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD CANVASS 2015 - please click here for more details  

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH FOR SANDRIDGE

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

 EARLY SUMMER AT JERSEY FARM WOODLAND PARK

"Despite the name there is an awful lot of grassland at Jersey Farm Woodland Park.  The most noticeable landscape change in the park over the last two decades has been the growth of the planted trees, but the soils and ground cover have changed too.  When it was farmed, the soil would have been ploughed and improved by the addition of fertilisers.  These practices disturb the soil structure and add nutrients to encourage the growth of crops and grass for grazing.  Now the grass is cut, baled and removed during September to reduce the nutrients in the soil.  Lower levels of nutrients discourages the growth of the most aggressive grasses which gives wildflowers an advantage.  Consequently, a variety of wildflowers have self-seeded and their numbers have gradually increased.  The country names of some of them (cowslips, goatsbeard, ox-eye daisy, sowthistle and cocksfoot) are reminders of the park's agricultural past.

The open spaces provide us with delightful views across to Woodcock Hill, Heartwood and Sandridgebury Farm: from where the farmer will be travelling with his tractor and baler again this September". 

If you'd like to be involved in any of the future activities organised at the Woodland Park, please send your email address to sandridgeparish@tiscali.co.uk or telephone St Albans 831871 and we'll keep you updated!

Past events have included butterfly and wildflower walks, plus lots of opportunities to join volunteer working parties in helping to manage the woodland.  All ages and abilities are warmly welcomed, so please tell your friends and family - we'd love to see you!

  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.

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