East Herts is one of the largest and greenest districts within Hertfordshire and has the largest number of county designated local wildlife sites. Pishiobury Park is now the second local nature reserve in East Herts after Waterford Heath achieved this status some years ago.
Pishiobury Park meets local nature reserve criteria in terms of its biological, geological and historical interest as well as having particularly strong community involvement, with a very active “Friends” group. It is already locally declared as a county wildlife site and has a comprehensive management plan in place.
Eric Buckmaster, executive member for wellbeing, East Herts Council, said: “The local nature reserve status at Pishiobury could not be more welcome. This is something that East Herts Council, Sawbridgeworth Town Council, the Friends of group and residents have been working towards for many years and it is testament to everyone's hard work that this application has been successful.
"This decision has come in the same month as Love Parks Week which celebrates our open spaces and never have they been more appreciated than during the last 18 months."