Picnics and Play


When the sun shines there is nothing better than taking advantage of what our local landscape has to offer.  From strolls in the countryside to afternoon picnics in the park, our love for the outdoors seems stronger this time of year.  In support of Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Love Parks’ week, we are encouraging you to rediscover what our local parks have to offer this summer.

#LoveParks week runs from 14-23 July, and is a celebration of these wonderful spaces within our community.  The event aims to encourage people to enjoy their local parks and participate in the campaign by taking a photo or video and sharing it with the hashtag #LoveParks.

“We believe that everybody, wherever they live, should have access to a quality green space. We are asking everyone to join us in showing how much they care and helping us to protect parks for future generations,” says Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award Manager, Paul Todd.

Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead

Set across 32 hectares and separated by Leighton Buzzard Road, Gadebridge Park is a place that can be enjoyed by the entire family.  With bowling greens, a crazy golf course, giant chess set, a play area and a skate park, to name but a few of its many facilities, you will never be short of something to do.  The park’s beautiful gardens are a great place to relax and read a book, or enjoy a moment of reflection.

One of the park’s notable features is the Forget-me-not memorial garden for babies.  Opened in 2004, it was designed as a place for anyone touched by the death of a baby, and includes a sculpture by Mark Humphrey entitled the ‘Hugging Couple’.  Hemel and St Albans Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society created the garden in partnership with Dacorum Borough Council.

Bunkers Park, Hemel Hempstead

Bunkers Park was awarded the Green Flag Award in 2015.  This award recognises excellent standards of park management – the park is seen as one of the best green spaces in the country.  Originally farm land, work began to develop the site in 1995, and with the help of partnerships with a number of local societies the park has developed into what it is today.

From the abundance of wildflowers, such as Bird’s-foot-trefoil, Red Clover, Ox-eye Daisy, to glorious meadows and pastures, and breath-taking woodlands, it’s not just a place to enjoy and explore, but also home to a wide range of habitats and wildlife.

Bovingdon Green, Hemel Hempstead

Bovingdon Green is known for its walks. Why not investigate the area with others whilst learning to Nordic Walk.  This walking technique uses poles and is a great way to improve your fitness whilst enjoying the wonderful outdoors.

Make #LoveParks week a time to rediscover the beauty that surrounds you as you explore the many parks and walks that Hemel Hempstead has to offer.

If you would like to know more about why we love where we live, come and chat to our team.

Published Date: Jul-13-2017