Over 1,200 people came together on Saturday to celebrate the wildlife of Hertfordshire and Middlesex. Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, in partnership with Tarmac and in association with The Hertfordshire Natural History Society, held the Festival of Wildlife at Panshanger Park near Hertford. Sadly, due to high winds forecast on the Sunday, the second day of the festival had to be cancelled for safety reasons.
Last weekend saw the first in a series of four horse ‘park and ride’ events this summer, designed to make it easier for horse riders to enjoy Panshanger Park.
Visitors to the Hertfordshire County Show this weekend can look forward to a series of talks hosted by Tarmac.
Join us at the University of Hertfordshire for the third Panshanger Park biodiversity conference to listen to a series of talks by experts.
Plans to make this summer’s event even bigger.
Just over a week ago, a dog attacked sheep in the field south of the River Mimram in Panshanger Park. The incident happened in a part of the park which is not open to the public, where pregnant ewes are being kept in the lead up to lambing season.
Tarmac is reminding visitors to the country park at Panshanger that areas are still active and await restoration and therefore not safe for the public to access.
As the Tarmac office wound down for Christmas, we hosted our annual Christmas celebration and volunteer thank you.
Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, in partnership with Tarmac, has appointed Murray Brown to help the local community get the most out of Panshanger Park’s special landscape and its wildlife.
Visitors to the award winning site can now enjoy a new circular walk which takes in the famous Great Oak.
Tarmac receive the highly coveted Cooper-Heyman Cup at the Mineral Product Association’s (MPA) Restoration & Biodiversity Awards in London.
Ewe has emergency treatment for multiple wounds including tail amputation.
We are pleased to say we are moving forward with a programme of park improvements over the autumn and winter months.
Around 3,000 people visited Tarmac’s Panshanger Park at the end of July for the annual Festival of Wildlife to celebrate the rich diversity found in Hertfordshire and Middlesex.
Fourteen horse riders have enjoyed the park’s stunning landscape from the seat of their saddle as temporary parking facilities were set up to make it easier to park horse boxes.
Now is the ideal time to visit Tarmac’s Panshanger Park to experience the Rifle Butts meadow in full flower.
The Tarmac team enjoyed meeting members of the community and engaging in lots of fun activities at the 131st Hertfordshire County Show, held at The Showground in Redbourn on the 27th and 28th of May.
On Sunday 4th of June, around 200 people took to Panshanger Park to take part in free walks, sports, an obstacle course and craft activities, at an event designed to encourage all the family to get active and celebrate MOVE Week 2017.
Lots of fun was had over the May bank holiday at this year’s Hertfordshire County Show. Along with face-painting and Forest School activities there was also a LEGO competition inspired by Panshanger Park.
Panshanger Park’s Dragonfly Trail and ponds are the ideal place to spot all manner of dragonfly and damselfly as the species emerge in abundance.
On Sunday 4th of June, Panshanger Park is hosting free walks, sports and lots more fun to encourage all the family to get active and celebrate MOVE Week 2017.
In March the Panshanger Park Forest School welcomed its 1000th pupil. This exciting milestone comes just two years after the school opened.
Tarmac and Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust are asking visitors to Panshanger Park to take care when walking in Lady Hughes’ Wood, In order to protect the carpet of bluebells in the wood, which blooms each spring, walkers are requested to stay on the main path.
A glade in the Chisel Shelf woodland area of Panshanger Park has been restored to create new habitat for wildlife and to open up a stunning view over the historic Repton landscape.
Tarmac, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and the Herts Natural History Society have won a prestigious Hertfordshire High Sherriff Award for their successful working partnership at Panshanger Park, receiving the ‘Highly Commended Award for a Voluntary-Private Sector Partnership’.
Last month, a group of film students from the University of Hertfordshire filmed scenes for 'Nomad', a dark science-fiction short film,at Panshanger Park. The film, which will be a deciding factor in the students’ final degree grade, tells the story of 3 astronauts who must set up a colony on a distant planet to save humanity from extinction.
This week, Panshanger’s flock of sheep have been returned to the park to graze. Keeping sheep in the park helps keep the grass in good condition, reduces the need for mowing and encourages botanical diversity by removing fast growing plant species that would otherwise out compete smaller, finer flowers.
This February half term saw three fantastic family-friendly events held in Panshanger Park, run by Tarmac and Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.
The second annual Panshanger Park Biodiversity Conference, held on 23rd February at the University of Hertfordshire, revealed a significant increase in species recordedin the park during 2016; including new insect, plant and bird species.
Tarmac is delighted to announce that it will again be hosting and sponsoring Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Festival of Wildlife at Panshanger Park this summer.
This week, the BBC’s Inside Out team visited Tarmac’s Panshanger Park to film our resident water voles.
In September, we paused preparatory ecological works on the Lower Broadwater at Panshanger Park while we met with statutory consultees and local stakeholders to consult on our approved proposals for mineral extraction and restoration.
Tarmac is supporting Enfield-based Capel Manor College, by hosting arboriculture and forestry apprentices in the woodlands of Panshanger Park. The apprentices will gain practical experience and develop their skills by assisting with the management of Panshanger’s 150 hectares of woodland.
We recently held discussions with Hertfordshire County Council, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Friends of Panshanger park and the Herts Gardens Trust in an effort to find an acceptable solution to all parties which would allow the Mimram Valley trail to be opened.
The Dragonfly Trail at Tarmac’s Panshanger Parkhas been enhanced to take in newly restored ponds and allow visitors to get closer to the park’s dragonflies and damselflies.
We have paused preparatory ecological works on the Lower Broadwater at Panshanger Park while we meet with statutory consultees and local stakeholders to consult on our approved proposals for mineral extraction and restoration. We understand the interest in this particular area of the site as an example of Humphry Repton’s work and will not finalise any plans until these discussions and meetings have taken place, to ensure we listen to feedback. We are proud of our ongoing restoration and stewardship of Panshanger Park, and see it as a very special place to visit.
Saturday 13th August will see the 100th parkrun take place at Tarmac-owned Panshanger Park. Since it began hosting parkruns back in October 2014, Panshanger has seen nearly 4000 runners take part in the popular sporting event.
On Thursday 21st July, Gary O Leary, Chair of Hertingfordbury Parish Council and Friends of Panshanger Park, organised a charity run in support of Isabel Hospice and Herts Action on Disability. The event saw a huge turnout of over 300 runners at the Tarmac-owned park.
Earlier this week [11 July 2016], Tarmac hosted its first Forestry day to bring together key players from forestry and woodland organisations to review research undertaken as part of the WrEN project.
On 26 May Phil Chambers Consultancy carried out our first disability access audit to determine how best to implement improvements within the park for disabled users.
On 15th April, members of the Hertford Disability Support Group visited Panshanger Park. Despite a wet start to the day, the sun eventually appeared and group members were able to enjoy a view of the lakes.
The first Panshanger Park Biodiversity Conference was held on Wednesday 24 February at Bayfordbury Science Learning Centre, jointly hosted by Tarmac and Hertfordshire & Middlesex Wildlife Trust.
On a sunny February morning 19 visitors enjoyed our 'Easy Access Oak Walk' which included the unveiling of a new interpretation board.
Two sheep were sadly chased and badly injured by a dog this morning in Panshanger Park.
A new bench has been donated to Panshanger Park by the East Herts Footpath Society.
If you're planning a walk around this Christmas why not print out our new Winter Spotting Sheet?
Thousands of people have visited Tarmac’s Panshanger Park so far this year, but last month the park welcomed a very special visitor – a migrating osprey.
We’re trying to find out more about what people think about Panshanger Park and how they might like to see the park enhanced and developed in the future.
Help shape the future of Panshanger Park by completing our online questionnaire.
The opening up of the next phase of the park will be marked by the delivery of a new 2 kilometre long trail.
Scores of people enjoyed the wonderful spring weather at Panshanger Park last week, at a special Easter event organised by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust in partnership with Lafarge Tarmac.
Please note that from Thursday 9th April the grazing field adjacent to Thieves Lane car park will be closed temporarily until Tuesday 14th April.
Lafarge Tarmac, the owners of Panshanger Park and the operators of Panshanger Quarry, has submitted a planning application to Hertfordshire County Council to import inert restoration materials – via a proposed new access road to enhance the restoration of quarry Phases F and H.
The first groups of Hertfordshire children to experience the brand new Panshanger Park Forest School were thoroughly enjoying their outdoor lessons this week.
In December 2014, Lafarge Tarmac opened up another part of Parkshanger Park to the public with a new walk, the ‘Dragonfly and Duck Trail’.
Lafarge Tarmac, Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) and Hertfordshire County Council are delighted to announce that the new Dragonfly and Duck Trail at Panshanger Park will be open to the public on 13th December 2014.