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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 Greenspace Action Plan 2013 - 2018

The Hartham Common Greenspace Action Plan 2013 - 2018 [6Mb] is our first management plan for the open space.  Greenspace Action Plans (GAPs) are simple map based management plans. They are designed to be read and understood by a variety of people who may be interested in the management of a particular site.

The management plan was devised following detailed consultation with local people. This helped us define our vision and future aims for Hartham Common, so we know these are the priorities of local people. We used these consultation responses to help us create the Hartham Common management plan and five year action plan for maintenance and improvements in the park that we believe are proportionate, achievable and affordable.

We will be using this management plan and the integral five year action plan to guide the ongoing maintenance and improvements in the park. 

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.