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Southern Country Park

Southern Country Park is one of our best but also newest parks, covering approximately 23ha. Created as part of a Section 106 agreement in the late 80s; East Herts Council took it over in 2001, winning the prestigious Green Flag Award every year since 2008.

The park has several distinct areas, with the balancing pond for fishing and duck feeding, the enclosed picnic area and large grassed areas for informal play and kite flying, plus an exciting older children's play area adjacent to the car park off Thorley Lane East. There are also a wide variety of wildlife habitats and features such as woodland, grazing areas, chalk banks, informal play spaces, streams and a small natural pond.

Read the Bylaws for Southern Country Park [1Mb].

Main Entrance:
Southern Country Park
Moor Hall Lane
Bishop's Stortford
Hertfordshire
Cm23 4GZ

Car Park Entrance:
Southern Country Park
Thorley Lane East
Bishop's Stortford
Hertfordshire
Cm23 4BH

Greenspace Action Plan for Southern Country Park 2018-2023 - Stakeholder Engagement

East Herts Council is working with Countryside Management Service (CMS) to create a new five year management plan for Southern Country Park in Bishop's Stortford.

We are now asking for feedback on the initial briefing document which outlines the aims and aspirations we have for the site. We will use the feedback received to develop the five year management plan.

You can view the  Southern Country Park - Greenspace Action Plan 2018 - 2023 [1Mb].

You can let us know what you think of initial plans by either downloading and completing the  Southern Country Park - Greenspace Action Plan 2018 - 2023 - Feedback form [58kb] and or emailing your comments directly to matthew.watts@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

Alternatively, send your comments on the feedback form by post to:

FAO Matt Watts
Countryside Management Service
Environment Department
County Hall
Hertford
Herts, SG13 8DN

Please return your comments by 30 June 2017.

Greenspace Action Plans for Southern Country Park

The Southern Country Park Greenspace Action Plan 2008-2013 [37Mb], was developed in 2008 and was our first greenspace action plan for the park. Using this carefully considered management plan and by working closely with the "Friends" group and the local community, the standard of the park has improved greatly.

We have now reviewed the original management plan and devised a further five year operational action plan to guide our work over the coming years - Southern Country Park Operational Action Plan 2013 -2018 [1Mb].

Southern Country Park & Beyond 2013 -2018

We have worked with the Countryside Management Service (CMS) to create a five year management plan to guide our plans to create a linked walking route between the five parks in the south western corner of Bishop's Stortford - Southern Country Park & Beyond 2013 -2018 [5Mb]

The parks are Southern Country Park, Northern Parkland, Thorley Wedge, Bishop's Park and The Firs.

The three main aims of the management plan are:

  • Access - making Southern Country Park and the surrounding parks more accessible, attractive and welcoming
  • Public participation - encouraging people to participate in their local environment, promoting the existence of these parks and what they offer
  • Biodiversity - improving all the sites biodiversity for wildlife and people to enjoy

Friends of Southern Country Park

Friends of Southern Country Park is a group formed to get the most out of the park by giving back as much as possible. It is open to anyone interested in supporting the work and aims of the group. More information is available in our Friends of Southern Country Park leaflet [336kb]

For more information on what the friend are doing in the park or how to get involved please email andy.r.white@btinternet.com or visit the Friends of Southern Country Park Facebook page.

Fishing in Southern Country Park

From September 2016 East Herts Council will be starting a ticketing scheme for fishing in Southern Country Park; bailiffs will be patrolling the area and issuing tickets subject to a valid rod licence being presented. For more information please read our Fishing page.

Orienteering in Southern Country Park

Three new orienteering routes have been set up in Southern Country Park. View our Orienteering page for more details.

Geocaching in Southern Country Park

There are four geocaches hidden in and round the park.Find out more about Geocaching in East Herts Parks.

Slacklining in Southern Country Park

Slacklining is similar to tightrope walking but on a flat piece of tubular webbing tied between two support structures (anchors). Experienced slackliners can perform tricks, jumps and bounces on the slackline. We have installed three wooden tree trunks in the park by the play area to be used as anchors for your own slacklines.For more information visit the UK Slackline Association website.

Boardwalk

A boardwalk has been constructed over the existing gabions in the balancing pond to provide an attractive "easy access" walking route along the edge of the reedbed. As the reed bed is a sensitive natural area, and home to a wide variety of unusual birds and invertebrates, all dogs must be kept on a lead when using the boardwalk. No fishing is allowed from the new boardwalk and a floating rope and a bank of water lilies has been planted to deter angling.

Bishop's Stortford Parks and Beyond Walks

Explore the south west corner of Bishop's Stortford by following Parks and Beyond circular walks which link together five East Herts Council managed open spaces - Southern Country Park, Northern Parkland, Thorley Wedge, Bishop's Park and The Firs. 

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