New Woodland Walk for Harpenden

April 25th 2017
By: Melanie
New Woodland Walk for Harpenden

With so many great woodland walks and plenty of places to see carpets of blue bells close to St Albans and Harpenden it’s good to get out.  Another recent addition to our outdoor spaces was created earlier in the year in a scenic part of Harpenden.
The new woodland footpath was an idea hatched by 10th Harpenden Scouts, who have their hut near the route.  The new footpath links Crabtree Fields Car Park with the Lea Valley Walk opening up the area to residents and visitors. It runs for about half a kilometre and includes a flight of concrete and wooden steps down an embankment where it joins the Lea Valley Walk. The public was consulted about the scheme with the Scouts helping to deliver leaflets to local residents asking for their views. The Harpenden scouts have now taken on responsibility for the path’s upkeep.
The Scouts group managed to obtain grant from the Fields in Trust charity for £5,000 and approached the Council for help too. The Council secured £13,500 from S106 funds, money contributed by property developers to provide local amenities and infrastructure.
Councillor Daniel Chichester-Miles, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “This is a magnificent new pathway which will be enjoyed by residents for many, many years to come. “The 10th Harpenden Scouts have done an outstanding job in devising the scheme and then seeing it through to the extent that they have taken on the task of maintaining it. They are to be commended for the community spirit and energy that they have shown.”