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A haven to rest and refuel

Last Modified September 04, 2019
Drivers stopping at motorway services in South Mimms can relax and refuel in beautiful surroundings, thanks to a recent transformation. 

Improvements intended to attract visitors from the service station have brought Wash Lane Common back to life. A striking new entrance feature, picnic benches along a stream and a surfaced path to provide a short, easy access loop make the green space a welcome spot to relax. 

Local councillors, the Countryside Management Service (CMS) and volunteers will join Hertsmere Borough Council officers on Friday 13 September at Wash Lane Common to unveil a new interpretation panel and celebrate the successful completion of the project. 

The project, managed by CMS, was made possible thanks to a £25,000 grant from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund, with additional funding from Hertsmere Borough Council. 

There was also a big contribution by the CMS Tuesday volunteer group, who worked on the site for four days on activities such as scrub clearance, and the installation of benches and an interpretation panel. 

Councillor Seamus Quilty, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport at Hertsmere Borough Council, said: “This project has established Wash Lane Common as the ideal location to escape the neighbouring motorway services for a short walk, eat a picnic and refresh in natural surroundings. It is now far more welcoming and accessible, and the investment has helped secure a valuable local resource. 

“I would like to thank all the volunteers who have been involved in the project for their continued hard work, enthusiasm and support. It is appreciated and will provide a welcome rest for many in future years.” 

Hertfordshire County Councillor Phil Bibby, Executive Member for Highways and the Environment, said: “I am delighted to see the positive impact of this project on Wash Lane Common, which should bring many more visitors to this wildlife-rich spot. This success has been made possible by a team of dedicated volunteers managed by CMS."
Posted on Wednesday 4th September 2019

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