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How we look after our Parks & Open Spaces

Information on how we look after our parks and open spaces including strategy, management plans and grounds maintenance.

Parks & Open Spaces Strategy 2013 - 2018


Our Parks & Open Spaces Strategy 2013 - 2018 [715kb]  guides how we look after our parks and open spaces.

The initial strategy was created in 2008  - Parks & Open Spaces Strategy 2008 - 2013 [289kb].

Management plans for our parks and open spaces

We have created five-year management plans for our main parks and open spaces:

Grounds Maintenance

We with our grounds maintenance contractor, John O'Conner (Grounds Maintenance) Ltd, we aim to keep all our parks and open spaces litter free, well maintained and available for all to enjoy.  

If you want to speak to us about any of our parks and open spaces, please contact the Operations Team on 01279 655261 or email operations.admin@eastherts.gov.uk

Friends Groups - how to get involved

If you'd like to get involved with how your favourite park is managed or want to help out with practical conservation tasks you can join one of our "Friends Groups". More information is available on our Make Friends with your Park page.

Cattle in our parks

Our Grazing Animals in our Parks [408kb] guide more information on how and why we graze animals in our parks, and more detailed guidance for visitors.

We do not graze Bulls, pregnant animals or those that are calving or have young with them.

If you notice any problems with any animals or wildlife in our parks or open spaces please contact the Operations Team on 01279 655261 or email operations.admin@eastherts.gov.uk. This number can be used out of hours to contact the Council in the event of any emergency.

Please follow the Countryside Code.

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