Historical links between two rich natural habitats in Broxbourne split by the laying of the A10 will be recognised using Heritage Lottery Fund money.
Habitats will be restored and visitor access improved by the works at Baas Hill Common, and Top Field and Cozens Grove Local Nature Reserve.
The project will take place after the volunteers’ group Friends of Wormley Open Spaces (FOWOS), with support from Broxbourne Council, successfully applied for funding. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded £66,800 and FOWOS and the Council have contributed to reach a total of £74,479.
Councillor Dee Hart, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, said: “We are very lucky to have so many beautiful parks and open spaces in this borough.
“We’re committed to making the most of them by revealing the hidden history of our landscape and making them as accessible as possible for everyone.
“This is why I am so happy that the hard work of the Friends of Wormley Open Spaces volunteers with help from Council staff has resulted in the HLF award.
“Now the improvement work begins. I cannot wait to see it completed.”
Works will tell the story of the medieval sunken roadway which linked the River Lea to Broxbourne Woods and surrounding villages, along with the old Roman roads network – until the construction of the A10 in 1972.
Ancient meadow, streams, and woodland habitat will be improved by coppicing, re-establishment of a woodland ride and the planting of new glades. Information boards will tell the history of the site and a boardwalk and steps will be installed to make it easier for everyone to enjoy the sites.
A circular footpath exploring the history of the green spaces will also be created. And some funding will be used to put on events such as bush craft days, tree planting, family picnics, wildlife events and guided walks.
A mixture of contractors and volunteers will complete the project, which started at the end of January and is expected to be completed by April 2019.
Volunteers’ tasks will include historical research, photography, carpentry, coppicing, tree planting and bird box making. Anyone interested should call the Council’s Parks Manager, Pamela Hallesy, on 01992 785555 ext. 5620.
Image credit: Dudley Miles