Panshanger Park’s magnificent herd of English Longhorn cattle have returned to the Hertfordshire park.

The majestic English Longhorn formed part of landscape architect Humphry Repton’s original vision for Panshanger Park when he landscaped it in the late 18th century.

Repton himself commented that the “quintessential English parkland should always contain Longhorn cattle.”

As well as their historic significance, the cattle play an important role in maintaining the park’s grasslands, controlling more aggressive plant species that could otherwise dominate these areas.



The cattle are owned and looked after by park managers Maydencroft – who are responsible for the day-to-day management of the park between Welwyn Garden City and Hertford – supporting owners Tarmac and their partners, Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: The Longhorn cattle herd has returned to Panshanger Park.The Longhorn cattle herd has returned to Panshanger Park. (Image: Tarmac)

Jez Perkins, estates manager for Maydencroft, said: “We are thrilled to welcome the Longhorns back to the park.

"By grazing here, the Longhorn cattle increase the diversity of plant species which has a positive knock-on effect for wildlife such as butterflies, bees, bats, and birds. The benefits from grazing are considerable.”

With the return of the herd, the team at Panshanger Park would like to remind visitors that while the cattle are calm and friendly, it is important not to disturb or feed them.

Dogs must be kept on leads when using the permissive rights of way through areas where the cows are present.

Panshanger Park is 400 hectares of stunning Hertfordshire countryside and is a haven for both people and wildlife.

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