There has been a scene change at an open space in Borehamwood.
Local councillors, Countryside Management Service (CMS) and local volunteers joined Hertsmere Borough Council officers on Monday 27 November to unveil a new interpretation panel and take a guided walk around Studio Way.
Studio Way has been brought back to life by this exciting project transforming the site, improving access, restoring wildlife habitats and interpreting the area’s long history of film making.
The project has been made possible by a £62,600 National Lottery grant awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), with additional funding from site owners Hertsmere Borough Council. CMS staff managed the project.
There has also been a fantastic contribution made by CMS Wednesday volunteers and the many corporate volunteers who have joined them. Activities have included: coppicing scrub and thinning woodland, planting hedgerows and new oak trees and installing welcome signs.
Volunteers from Elstree Screen Heritage have also been heavily involved in the project, supplying historic images and text for the interpretation panels and leaflet.
Steve Burton, Head of Street Scene at Hertsmere Borough Council, said: “The improvements to Studio Way have enhanced this area of Borehamwood for residents and visitors alike.
“The new interpretation panels, together with improvements to the park entrances, welcome visitors in. A new leaflet brings together the history of the area with its natural features, ensuring it continues to serve as an important local resource for future generations to enjoy.
“I would like to thank all the volunteers who have been involved in the project for their continued hard work, enthusiasm and support. It has been outstanding, so well done to everyone involved.”
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we’re delighted that a site of such importance to the history of film has been made more accessible and reinterpreted as a result of this project. This has been an exciting and imaginative opportunity for local people and visitors to combine learning about the wide variety of natural heritage with exploring the location of many ground breaking films and TV series and we’ve been delighted to see the project succeed. ”
The new leaflet is available from local libraries, tourist information centre or can be downloaded from our Studio Way
Posted on Wednesday 29th November 2017