Sherrardspark Wood: access improvements

The site: Sherrardspark Wood is in the north west of Welwyn Garden City and is an ancient woodland consisting mainly of sessile oak and hornbeam. The area is a designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Nature Reserve (LNR).

The brief: To create a public footpath crossing the common and to refurbish the existing footbridge.

Our solution: Maydencroft contractors undertook site clearance work of brambles, tree stumps and select trees. The old footpath edging was removed and the footpath re-graded so it is no longer visible. A timber post and three rail fence either side of the apron was installed to denote the entrance and to lead people on to the new path. We then gave a nice finish to the new footpath using a granite dust dressing and installed a timber walkway over the wood bank with steps at either end.

The result: The wood was opened by Roche General Manager John Melville and Welwyn Hatfield Deputy Mayor Kim Morris upon the completion of the project. It now serves as an area popular with dog walkers, joggers, cyclists, and horse riders alike and remains a valuable site for its wildlife.

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