This summer Lydekker Park Harpenden has played host to a range of activities. All part of Lively in Lydecker. There has been sweep netting, wildflower planting, deadwood discovery, storytelling, bird watching, scavenger hunts, and nature crafts at WildFest, all in Lydekker Park, Harpenden AL5 4EG.
Music in Lydekker is returning for the second year in a row on 31st August from 11:00 – 14:00. The Tennessee Boogie Boys will be entertaining the audience at this FREE event with their repertoire of 1950s-style rockabilly, country, and rock 'n roll hits. Soulful solo singer Lexy McGill will also be taking the stage at intervals throughout the day. Refreshments will be available to purchase from the Fabulous Fizz truck; bring your deck chairs and blankets and enjoy an afternoon of music in the park!
Alongside Lively in Lydekker summer series set up by Harpenden Town Council (HTC), this is another great way to help celebrate Harpenden's fantastic green spaces. If you are thinking of moving to Harpenden or St Albans it will be in part for the green spaces and the proximity to the Hertfordshire countryside.
Lydekker Park also has a rich local history, sited on land that was part of the grounds of Harpenden Lodge, built-in 1803 and bought by the Lydekkers, one of Harpenden’s oldest families, in 1857. The property remained in the Lydekker family until 1987 when the last surviving member of the Harpenden branch, Miss Hilda Lydekker, lived until the age of 93.
In 1937, Miss Lydekker had agreed with the former Harpenden Urban District Council that the 11 acres of land attached to Harpenden Lodge should become private open space. She intended that part of it be preserved as a memorial to her loved ones lost in the 1914 – 1918 War. In July 2017, Lydekker Park was awarded its very first Green Flag Award, joining Harpenden Common as one of the UK's very best open spaces.
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