New ranger for historic Potters Bar site

PUBLISHED: 13:25 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:25 17 July 2013

Andrew Gibbs, National Trust ranger, at Morven Park, Potters Bar

Andrew Gibbs, National Trust ranger, at Morven Park, Potters Bar

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A HERITAGE site restoration in Potters Bar will be overseen by a National Trust ranger.

Morven Park, Potters BarMorven Park, Potters Bar

The work at Morven Park, off The Causeway, will be supervised by Andrew Gibbs, who has spoken of his role.

He said: “I’ve been working for the National Trust as a ranger in Pembrokeshire, but recently moved just a few miles down the road from Morven.

“As the new ranger for the park, my role is to build community links and bring the history and importance of Morven Park to life in Potters Bar and I can’t wait to get started.

“The park itself is a great example of managed parkland, which has been well looked after for many decades.

“It is home to several veteran oak trees and a host of other British plants and wildlife.

“The restoration project will involve extensive tree planting, work on the hedgerows and pond, resurfacing of footpaths and the installation of bird and bat boxes.”

The story of Morven Park began as early as the 14th Century.

It was once the site of a toll along the Great North Road.

One of two routes that led north from the City of London, the remains of the toll house and the old Great North Road are now buried beneath the park.

The site was donated to the National Trust by Mr A.B. Sanderson in two parts, the first 20 acres in 1928 and the rest of the park, including the house, in 1934.

The benefactor’s wishes were very clear “that Morven be used for some local benefit such as a cottage hospital or library, and if let for some such purpose, the rent received be used for upkeep of the house, the park and playgrounds”.

In keeping with his wishes, the house is currently being let as a care home and the park is open to everyone.

A grant of £49,420, from Biffa Awards, has allowed the National Trust to carry out the restoration project and employ Mr Gibbs.

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