Hartham Common Park & Play Areas
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 Play Areas
There are two playgrounds over Hartham Common plus a Skate Park. Playground one is designed for older children with the following features;
- Freerider Swing Unit
- Single Low Rotator Unit
- Multi-Unit with Rotating Section (Galaxy style)
- Climbing Boulder
- Mobulus Rotating / Rocking Unit
Playground two is designed for younger children and was redeveloped in 2020/21.
The younger children's play area includes swings for various ages, a roundabout, sandpit with water play (in the summer months) and dinosaur bones, a Viking swing and lots more.
The redevelopment aimed to make it a destination play area and also features the impressive, crowdfunded, two bird nest towers - including slides, rope ladders and a rope tunnel connecting the two together.
There are plenty of benches and spaces to set up a picnic blanket so make sure to visit.
Hartham Common Greenspace Action Plan (GAP) 2018-23
East Herts Council has worked 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 and comments on the draft plan we have now created the final version of the management plan which details the aspirations and objectives we have for the site for the next five years - see the Hartham Common Greenspace Action Plan 2018 - 2023.
You can see a summary of the main comments received from the engagement process on Hartham Common Draft Greenspace Action Plan (GAP) 2018-23, carried out in May 2018 within the Hartham Common GAP Public Engagement Response Document - June 2018 document
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 has been completed to convert two 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.