Mardley Heath: access improvements

The site: Mardley Heath is a large woodland covering 37 hectares. Much of the area derived from ancient wood pasture where local people grazed animals, gathered fuel and fed their pigs on acorns.

The brief: To improve access to the site through a wide variety of different works with grants to fund the project from Welwyn Hatfield Council, Lafarge, The Forestry Commission and Hertfordshire County Council.

Our solution: Maydencroft contractors used a variety of skills to complete the following:

Construction of a new easy-access footpath Clearing obstructing trees Re-aligning barriers Removal of old bollards and other furniture Installation of new way marker posts and entrance signs A new ramp for easier horse access

The result: Cllr Colin Couch, executive member for environment, said: “The works will greatly improve accessibility to Mardley Heath. It’s fascinating learning about the biodiversity in the area, and by sign posting and creating information boards, it really opens up the space for visitors to learn more.”

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