Vacant land near Potters Bar set to be turned into woodland
PUBLISHED: 12:46 20 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:46 20 November 2018
A 37-acre stretch of land near Potters Bar could be turned into an area of open woodland which will serve as a buffer to the M25.
The Enfield Chase Estate, owned by Herts county council, has been partly vacant for four years and in that time has been subject to security issues including fly-tipping and trespassers.
The county council’s resources and performance cabinet panel met on Friday, November 16, to discuss the Rural Estates objective for the site.
Rural Estate’s aim is to create a community woodland which will involve Potters Bar residents as part of Hertfordshire’s ‘county of opportunity’ ethos. A tree-planting day will be held with the neighbouring school and there will be improved quality public access road. The Beekeeper’s Association also intend to use part of the site as an apiary,
The council has applied for the Forestry Commission’s Carbon Fund Woodland Creation scheme, which offers funds for tree-planting and other work in priority areas. Phase one of the funding application has already been completed, outlining the design concept plan for the new woodland, and phase two is currently underway.
As well as funding for 34,500 trees, the Forestry Commission will provide funding for fencing, gates, improved access and upgrading the surface of the bridleway.
The Forestry Commission is eager to start tree planting as soon as possible, aiming to complete the project in spring 2020.