It’s great to see that the installation of a path and two kissing gates have marked the official opening of a meadow as part of a Harpenden nature reserve. There is such a wealth of nature to enjoy on the door step of St Albans and Harpenden.
Two years ago Marquis Meadow was bought by the town council and the work that has been completed now includes the meadow in Batford Springs Local Natural Reserve. The meadow has been officially declared part of the reserve which increases the overall size of the site by 50 per cent, adding around 500m of river bank to the reserve. Not only had the path made the site more accessible to local residents and visitors it has also improved access to the Lea Valley Walk with some of the funding coming from Herts county council in the form of a grant to improve Rights of Way.
Chairman of the Harpenden town council environment committee, Councillor Brian Ellis, said, “The town council along with the Batford Springs volunteers, work hard to maintain this area as a nature reserve and hope the public will find the new access enables them to get the most from visiting the reserve. The area includes the River Lea, one of around only 200 chalk streams in the world, 85 per cent of these are found in England, so we have a special responsibility to look after it.”
Starting later in the Spring interpretation panels and benches are to be installed and the town council will be running a series of events and activities in conjunction with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust for people to learn about the wildlife in the area.