Page08 - Parish Notice Board: Sportsman's Cut, Grazing, Common Rangers

Cut above the rest
The owner of Betjeman Garden (formerly "The Sportsman") made an objection to TRDC about the proposed name of "Sportsman's Cut" given to the footpath from Common Road to Station Approach. The Council has rejected the objection and the name will remain.

Wood walking from our Woods
It has been drawn to our attention that during the winter months people have been visiting local woodlands and cutting branches off trees and selling it as firewood. As romantic as this sounds it is illegal as the Common and surrounding woodlands are protected.

Chorleywood House Estate wins an award
Chorleywood House Estate has been awarded a "Green Flag" floowing an inspectors' visit back in May 2009. It will be proudly flown from a new flagpole by the public tennis courts.

Rangers Report
The winter months are a good time to carry out forestry works on the Common, as there is little vegetation to damage. Eight trees brought down by the snow before Christmas have been cleared and cut up. The wood has been stacked along with the undergrowth around the ponds at the Common Road traffic lights. As the wood deteriorates it will create habitats for wildlife to inhabit.
One of the London Underground's trees has fallen on the fence at Railway field. The removal and repair is the responsibility of TFL. A hedge is planned to be planted along this fence. Work is continuing at Artichoke Dell where thinning of the pockets of Holly scrub is being carried out.

Scrape, level and roll
Regular users of the "cricket" and "lorry" parking areas along the Rickmansworth Road will be aware of the gradual state of decline of the surface. Remedial works are beeded to scrape level and roll. Quotations are being considered by the Parish Council with the view that one will be accepted.

The tarmac slops of the entrance and exit of the Memorial Hall parking area also need to be addressed. A porposal to swap the entrance and exit to give exiting motorists a better view of on-coming traffic has been considered.

Green Street Cycle path
The go-ahead has been given to the second phase of the Green Street cycle path, which will see the path extended from orchard drive down to the Station Approach junction, providing a safe cycle route from near the village centre to St Clement Danes School and linking up to the existing Chenies Road cycle path.

Grazing on the Common
Grant applications are in hand and believe to be successful in relation to cattle grazing on the Common. The legacy in support of reintroduction of grazing can now be claimed; it was decided to take it and allocate it to the next rather than the present financial year.