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This is the website for the Woodcock Hill Village Green in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.
Please have a look around the website and feel free to send us feedback - especially if you notice any inaccuracies or would like to add anything. In time we hope to add a section for user comments and notes.
On a clear day there is a good view over Borehamwood from the top of Woodcock Hill. You may spot the top of thetower of St. Albans Abbey although it helps to have binoculars or a telescope!
Woodcock Hill can be found at TQ 195 955 and lies between Barnet Lane, Carrington Avenue, Vale Avenue and the railway line to the South of Borehamwood. If you are driving we suggest you park either in Carrington Avenue or Vale Avenue. The Carrington Avenue entrance (near the end away from Furzehill Road) is at the top of the hill; the Vale Avenue entrances (opposite Tennison Avenue and Milton Drive) are at the bottom. Access is also available from Barnet Lane, but there is nowhere to park here.
October 2013 - AGM 11am 13th November at Hill House, Elstree.
To mark the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II we lit a beacon on Woodcock Hill on Monday 4th June.
Cllr Pat Strack reported on the event thus:
It all kicked off with a great band - Papa Amos.
The Uniformed groups were a credit to their leaders and parents. We ad libbed as things went along and they joined in with spirit of the evening, This was our Community coming together young, old and across the spectrum of community we have in Elstree and Borehamwood. Liam fro
m Borehamwood Athletic Club led the procession with the torch followed by the standards of the British Legion. The Sea Army and air cadets, Brownies, Explorer Scouts and Town Youth Councillors formed the Guard of Honour and marched to the Beacon. The Brass Band played their Hearts out: giving an opportunity to sing along to patriotic songs. Adria Jackson led the singing beautifully. The flag waving was led by cllr.Jean Heywood who managed to emerge with a constant stream of different hats. She even had Paul Welsh and the police joining in an impromptu dance.
Des and the Town team worked their socks off for this one off, never to be forgotten event. The parking stewards from Borehamwood Football Club did a great job. Well done to the Town stewards. The Beacon was something else.
It was apt that Paul Welsh MCed the event as he was the organiser of the 1988 Beacon. Even Queen Elizabeth f(aka Gilly Ellis) from that event graced us with her prescence. At the appointed time Jame Clappison MP 'kissed' the torch to the huge taper Des and his friend had and the Beacon was lit with a whoosh. Speeches from Jmaes and Charles Kelly Cllr Sandra Parnell and Hertsmere Mayor, Cllr Par Strack led to a rousing tribute to the Queen a gusty rendition of the National Anthem.
Thanks for Peter Beale from the Borehamwood Times; he must have a huge catalogue of photos) snapping away from start to finish Thanks to Karen Ward at the Three Ways for their Jubilee cake which was served at the end of the evening. Thanks to the Red Cross who always are on hand to make sure we are safe. The Police and Fire Service played their part seamlessly.
There were so many contributors from the community it was certainly a night to remember. Few of us will see such an event again but who knows? The weather was in the laps of the Gods so it stayed dry and we saw a beautiful sunset. The moon and torches held by the young people led the way off the Hill without mishhap.
WHVG Committee have been successful in securing funding from our 3 county councillors' locality budget to get some urgent clearance work undertaken on Woodcock Hill. Morris Bright has granted £800 and Caroline Clapper and Alan Plancy £500 each. The £1800 will be used to employ contractors to dig up the bramble roots.
The specialist environmetal contractors will be starting work 27th and 28th October. The tractors will be used on land at the bottom of the toboggan slope to give that another 'hit'. Meadows across from the Bench of Peace to the Bench of Hope will also be cleared of brambles as part of the management Plan for the Hill.
The clearing of bramble roots with machines is necessary as this cannot be accomplished by hand. At the meadows the grass will be allowed to grow next spring with the expectation that more and varied species of wild flowers will grow there too. With different wild flowers growing it is hoped that this will attract different wild life.
The contractors will leave the brambles and clearance debris etc to degrade with the previous cuttings to one side of Laing's land. Once the deep roots are tackled volunteers can be used to keep the brambles at bay. Witness the slopes descending from the top bench which volunteers manage to keep clear of brambles.
On Mitzvah day Sunday 20th November The Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade together with a group from Edgware synagogue will give clearance and tidying service on the Hill. This will start at 10.15 and finish with refreshments at 12.30pm. The committee will be at hand to help and they invite other volunteers to come along and help. It is worthwhile and fun.
Last year we welcomed the Hindu community as well as volunteers from other faith groups. It was cold but exhilarating.
Sunday 26th June
...is the revised date for this year's Picnic on the Hill - one of the Town Festival events. Some refreshments will be available but you should bring your own lunch - sandwiches recommended!
You will have the opportunity to meet members of the committee, puchase exclusive Woodcock Hill notelets and go on a nature walk.
Please note that this is a change from the originally advertised date of 19th June.
Thursday 31st March 2011
Our sell-out quiz supper on Wednesday 30th March was attended by nearly 100 keen quizzers and was a great success. Thanks to all who helped and took part.
21st November - Mitvah Day and National Sewa Day
Jazz Evening - Saturday 20th November 2010
at Three Ways Community Centre, Arundel Drive. Another really successful Jazz Evening with the Jim Phillips Jazz Band.
Our new signs, sporting our specially commissioned logo - a drawing of a woodcock, have been installed at the top and bottom entrances to Woodcock Hill.
11th March: Work has started...
...on improving access to the site. The entrance opposite the end of Milton Drive has been improved and a kissing gate has been installed at the Byron Avenue entrance.
Borehamwood Times: 8th March 2010:
Borehamwood Times: 15th February:
10th February 2010
At the Business Referral eXchange Supper Quiz £600 was raised for charity, of which the Woodcock Hill Village Green Trust are eligible for £200. Thank you BRX!
Jazz Evening - Saturday 14th November 7.30 to 10.30 pm
at Three Ways Community Centre, Arundel Drive. This featured the Jim Philips Jazz Band and was a great success. Many thanks to everyone who helped make it so. We raised several hundred pounds which will help with the upkeep of the Village Green. Watch out for our next event...
Last Updated ( Monday, 21 October 2013 15:20 )
Please see the Save Aldenham Country Park page, download, fill in and send off the form and come along to the meeting on 15th December.
You can help all users by keeping the hill clean of any dog droppings as these can be a danger to health, especially of children.
Also note that motor vehicles (unless authorised) are NOT permitted on the hill. There have been motorbikes on teh hill this March (2011) so please keep a lookout - you can report sightings to the committee via this website. Police have the power to confiscate errant vehicles.
Work was carried out in 2010 to clear a lot of the brambles on the main part of Woodcock Hill. This has resulted in a widening of the main pathways and also the clearance of a large area near the bottom of the hill.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 March 2011 14:08 )
Spetember 2011: Bench of Hope restored
Volunteers from the Countryside Management Service have reinstalled the Bench of Hope part of the way up the hill.
The parts were found by a dog walker and had apparently been used as a (very low) table by someone living rough on the hill.
Bench of Hope replaced by Bench of Peace, thanks to Cardif Pinnacle. The new bench has been dedicated to the Peace Hospice.
28th March 2011
First summer visitor is on the hill - a chiffchaff.
17th November 2010
Winter has pretty much arrived. Fewer fungi are around, although one not affected by frost is this one:
This is commonly know as Jews Ear (although the name is no longer an official common name in view of political correctness). It is edible and is in widespread use in soups etc. in China.
The winter visiting thrushes have arrived. Redwings were seen around the Western end of Lullington Garth this week. Look out for flocks of thrushes flying over. These are likely to be Redwinds and/or Fieldfares that have arrived from Scandinavia or continental Europe.
Several varieties of fungi have been identified. You can see a list here along with all the other fauna and flora that have been recorded recently.
30 July 2010
Watch out for cinnabar moth caterpillars on Ragwort. Also there was a sparrowhawk around today.
Well it's been a good two months for Butterflies. Several new species for Woodcock Hill were seen: Large Skipper, Clouded Yellow, Common Blue and Red Admiral spring to mind. The last three of these are illustrated below.
Also seen (in June) was the Chimney Sweeper Moth, which depends on Pignut in its lifecycle.
28th May 2010
Cock Linnet present near Milton Drive entrance - possibly with female and gained the impression it may have been collecting nesting material.
Please report any unusual sightings to the webmaster.
23rd and 24th May 2010
A cuckoo has been active all day in the lovely weather. Listen out for its distinctive call. We hope this time it is our regular visitor here to stay for the brief period that this species does hang around.
Managed to get a good image of a whitethroat which was very active in the lower field. Also saw three grey herons flying over. One can often see single birds, but three together is unusual.
19th May 2010
Excitement today as the Hertfordshire Air Ambulance lands on Woodcock Hill to attend an emergency in Milton Drive.
7th May 2010
Have now seen the first swifts of the summer. Also had a good view of a chiffchaff. This small warbler is easily identified by its song, which is a repeated 'chiff chaff' sound. The very similar looking Willow Warbler, also found on the hill, has a completely different sweet descending song (click to play) with a flourish at the end.
28th April 2010
Our Cuckoo has arrived - or at least a cuckoo! Also a whitethroat has been seen and Willow warblers heard since last week.
Many species are in good voice now. How many can you identify?
The blackthorn is an amazing display of white. Many trees are coming into leaf - including sycamore and horse chestnut, but the oaks are still in bud.
16th April 2010
And I have managed to capture a peacock butterfly. White deadnettle is now in flower as are a few bluebells on the corner as you head along the path by Barnet Lane, towards the top of Furzehill Road.
9th April 2010
Spring is here! The first migratory birds have arrived in the form of Blackcaps (click here to hear a blackcap) and Chiffchaffs. Butterflies can also be seen now on the Hill. The next warblers to look out for are Willow Warblers and Whitethroats and then hopefully our local Cuckoo. I did see a swallow elsewhere in Hertfordshire over the weekend. In the same area as the swallow I spotted four different species of butterfly. Please let us know which sorts you manage to identify on Woodcock Hill.
2nd April 2010
Lesser Celendine (Ranunculus ficaria) is now flowering on the bank alongside Carrington Avenue. This usually flowers from March through to May but is clearly a little late this year as are many things.
24th March 2010
Red kite spotted flying over Woodcock Hill this afternoon. please report any other interesting visitors.
Last Updated ( Friday, 16 September 2011 16:44 )