Situated between Welwyn Garden City and Hertford, Panshanger Park comprises a mosaic of habitats such as lakes, river, woodland and reedbed.
What is Panshanger Park?
Panshanger Park is a 1,000 acre site owned by Tarmac, of which 200 acres is currently open to the public. The Trust is working with Tarmac and Herts County Council to manage the park for both people and wildlife.
A brief history...
Owned by the Cowper family from the late 17th century to the early 20th century, the Panshanger Estate was shaped around the Mimram Valley following advice from Humphry Repton and Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. Panshanger Park is now listed as an historic park and garden by English Heritage.
More recently since the 1980s, the park has been owned by Tarmac and parts have been quarried for sand and gravel. Much of the site has now been restored to arable farming or has been allowed to revert back to nature, creating the lakes and surrounding habitat that we can see today.
The eastern end of the park opened to the public on 31 March 2014 and comprises a country park and nature reserve. The rest of the site will be opened up in a phased way as the remaining extraction on site comes to an end.
Wildlife of Panshanger Park
Panshanger Park is made up of a mosaic of habitats including woodlands, wetlands, grasslands and reedbeds making it a fantastic refuge for a huge variety of wildlife. During the spring and summer months a multitude of wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies and birds bring the park to life. Even in the autumn and winter the park is far from quiet. Large numbers of ducks migrate into the park from the far north to spend the winter on the lakes meaning that Panshanger is a great place to visit anytime of year.
There are a number of ways to get involved at Panshanger Park. Why not go on a self guided walk around the park, join one of our guided walks or try your hand at volunteering? Our Panshanger Park Volunteer Group carry out monthly practical conservation tasks around the park (see our work party calendar). Or you could register your interest in helping out with wildlife surveys, walks and events or even become a volunteer warden. Contact Jennifer Gilbert, Panshanger Park People & Wildlife Officer, for more details and to find out more.
The entrance to Panshanger Park is via the Thieves Lane car park located just off the A414 near Hertford. The nearest postcode is SG14 2WN. Please note that the entrance to the car park is on your left immediately after turning off the A414 at the roundabout onto Thieves Lane. Look out for the white entrance signs!
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