Hertford Disability Support Group’s “grand day out” at Panshanger Park

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 group was accompanied by Jen Gilbert of the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and transported courtesy of Tarmac in the Panshanger Forest School minibus.

Jennifer Gilbert, Panshanger’s People and Wildlife Officer, said, “It was lovely to welcome the group to Panshanger Park and to show them round. We took in the views over Osprey Lake, enjoyed the carpet of bluebells in Lady Hughes Wood and the special River Mimram before visiting the site of Panshanger House and the famous Panshanger Great Oak. I look forward to welcoming the group back again.”

Alison Warn, Social Secretary of the Hertford Disability Support Group, said, “Jen was marvellous. What an inspired lass she is: her enthusiasm was infectious as she talked of cherry trees, bluebells, bats, ospreys, trout, badgers … not to mention the (human) inhabitants of the old house. We were all enthralled and more than one elderly disabled person said how vividly memories of bygone days were re-lived, of happy times in their youth reawakened. It was a 'grand day out’!”