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Hartham Common

Hartham Common is a large well established public open space in the centre of Hertford, comprising wildlife-rich river corridors, cattle-grazed meadows, and a network of paths and various recreational facilities. It is now owned and managed by East Herts Council.

With over 1,000 years of recorded history and located close to the centre of Hertford, Hartham Common has a range of facilities including a leisure centre and swimming pool, two well-equipped play areas, a skate park, football pitches, bowling green, tennis courts and ample public parking, as well as extensive riverside and woodland walks. A network of Public Rights of Way connect with and through the open space, linking Hertford and Ware. In 2013 it was dedicated as a Queen Elizabeth II Field in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

To guide work and future plans a management plan has been developed, and we are now working on several projects to make significant improvements in the open space.  These include new signage and notice boards at the main entrances, conservation works to extend the grazing meadows and improvements to the wildlife habitats and river corridors as part of the new Hartham Common 4 Rivers Project. Hartham Common will soon be supported by its very own Friends Group.

There is more information about the new management plan, becoming a Friend of Hartham Common and current project work in the open space below.

Hartham Common Draft Greenspace Action Plan (GAP) 2018-23 - Public Engagement

East Herts Council is working with the Countryside Management Service (CMS) to create a five year management plan for Hartham Common in Hertford. The vision over the next five years is to maintain and enhance Hartham Common, keeping up the same high standards that visitors have come to expect while doing all we can to support and benefit local wildlife and habitats.

After reviewing the initial briefing document feedback from earlier in the year, we are now asking for your comments on the draft plan. This outlines in more detail the aspirations and objectives we have for the site for the next five years. We will use your comments to refine the final version of the management plan.

You can read the document here: Hartham Common Draft Greenspace Action Plan (GAP) 2018-23 [7MB] .  

Let us know what you think of our plans by emailing your comments directly to: ellie.beach@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Alternatively send your comments by post to:
FAO Ellie Beach
Countryside and Rights of Way, Hertfordshire County Council,
County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, Herts, SG13 8DN

We are consulting until 18 May 2018

If you require any further information please call:
Ellie Beach at CMS on 01992 556052

Please be aware that we will not respond individually to comments received unless it is to clarify points raised. Instead we will produce a summary of comments, noting any amendments made to the plan as a result. This engagement response document will be published online alongside the briefing document, draft plan and final plan. We will retain contact details only for the purpose of keeping respondents informed about the plan development process.

Friends of Hartham Common

Friends of Hartham Common get involved with caring for their local green space through practical conservation work, decision making, organising community events, fundraising and much more. 

Hartham Common 3G Mini Football Project

Work is now starting to redevelop the old tennis courts into two new floodlit 3rd generation artificial turf (3G) all weather mini football pitches whilst retaining one tennis court.

More information on what pitches are available in East Herts and how to book please read our Football Pitches page.

Hartham Common 4 Rivers Project

We have been working with the Countryside Management Service (CMS) to deliver the 4 Rivers Project which will improve areas of Hartham Common for both wildlife and people.  For further information see River Lea Catchment Partnership.

Hartham Meadow grazing and new ponds project

Together with the Environment Agency, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) and the Countryside Management Service (CMS), the Council has developed an area of Hartham Common near St Leonard's Church into an enclosed grazing meadow of wetland grassland with new ponds. An additional small grazing meadow was created as part of the Hartham Common 4 Rivers Project in 2015.

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