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Woodcock Hill Village Green is under threat again! Taylor Wimpey is looking to steal Village Green land to build yet more houses in an already densely packed area. The lower meadow along Byron Ave and Vale Ave has been identified by Taylor Wimpey for deregistration.


The application made by Taylor Wimpey is asking the Secretary of State to deregister 3.3 hectares / 8.8 acres of  Village Green land that will be targeted for further housing in Borehamwood. Taylor Wimpey are offering to exchange this land for land opposite the railway, which will not be easily accessible to residents who already have access to such vital green space in Borehamwood.


Green spaces across Borehamwood and Hertsmere are in decline and under constant threat. Our green spaces off a multitude of benefits to the community not just environmentally, but also socially and economically. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how important access the nature is for our health and well-being. Here a just a few benefits of natural green space:

  • Improving air quality
  • Access and accessibility
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Culture and heritage
  • Economic regeneration
  • Education and learning
  • Flood risk alleviation
  • Improving levels of tourism
  • Mental well-being
  • Physical health



We are asking all residents opposed to the loss of this vital part of our community to help us fight these proposals through:

1. Contacting Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden expressing concern over this proposal, you can find our template letter here. His contact details are: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it you can also send a letter to his Westminster address: Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP, House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

2. Sign our petition to stop the deregistration of Woodcock Hill Village Green

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This is the website for the Woodcock Hill Village Green in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.

Currently nature observations are being posted on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Woodcock-Hill-Borehamwood-1411880345773815/

Please have a look around the website and feel free to send us feedback - especially if you notice any inaccuracies or would like to add anything. In time we hope to add a section for user comments and notes.

On a clear day there is a good view over Borehamwood from the top of Woodcock Hill. You may spot the top of thetower of St. Albans Abbey although it helps to have binoculars or a telescope!

Woodcock Hill can be found at TQ 195 955 and lies between Barnet Lane, Carrington Avenue, Vale Avenue and the railway line to the South of Borehamwood. If you are driving we suggest you park either in Carrington Avenue or Vale Avenue. The Carrington Avenue entrance (near the end away from Furzehill Road) is at the top of the hill; the Vale Avenue entrances (opposite Tennison Avenue and Milton Drive) are at the bottom. Access is also available from Barnet Lane, but there is nowhere to park there. Crossing Barnet Lane and going to the post box there is a path to access Scratchwood where parking is available off the Barnet Bypass A1 Northbound.


October 2013 - AGM 11am 13th November at Hill House, Elstree.

June 2012

To mark the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II we lit a beacon on Woodcock Hill on Monday 4th June.

WHVG banner

Cllr Pat Strack reported on the event thus:

It all kicked off with a great band - Papa Amos.


The Uniformed groups were a credit to their leaders and parents.  We ad libbed as things went along and they joined in with spirit of the evening, This was our Community coming together young, old and across the spectrum of community we have in Elstree and Borehamwood. Liam fro

m Borehamwood Athletic Club led the procession with the torch followed by the standards of the British Legion. The Sea Army and air cadets, Brownies, Explorer Scouts and Town Youth Councillors formed the Guard of Honour and marched to the Beacon.  The Brass Band played their Hearts out: giving an opportunity to sing along to patriotic songs. Adria Jackson led the singing beautifully.  The flag waving was led by cllr.Jean Heywood who managed to emerge with a constant stream of different hats. She even had Paul Welsh and the police joining in an impromptu dance.

Des and the Town team worked their socks off for this one off, never to be forgotten event. The parking stewards from Borehamwood Football Club did a great job.  Well done to the Town stewards. The Beacon was something else.

It was apt that Paul Welsh MCed the event as he was the organiser of the 1988 Beacon.  Even Queen Elizabeth f(aka Gilly Ellis) from that event graced us with her prescence. At the appointed time Jame Clappison MP 'kissed' the torch to the huge taper Des and his friend had and the Beacon was lit with a whoosh. Speeches from Jmaes and Charles Kelly Cllr Sandra Parnell and Hertsmere Mayor, Cllr Par Strack led to a rousing tribute to the Queen a gusty rendition of the National Anthem.

Thanks for Peter Beale from the Borehamwood Times; he must have a huge catalogue of photos) snapping away from start to finish  Thanks to Karen Ward at the Three Ways for their Jubilee cake which was served at the end of the evening.  Thanks to the Red Cross who always are on hand to make sure we are safe. The Police and Fire Service played their part seamlessly.

There were so many contributors from the community it was certainly a night to remember.  Few of us will see such an event again but who knows? The weather was in the laps of the Gods so it stayed dry and we saw a beautiful sunset.  The moon and torches held by the young people led the way off the Hill without mishhap.

October 2011



WHVG Committee have been successful in securing funding from our 3 county councillors' locality budget to get some urgent clearance work undertaken on Woodcock Hill. Morris Bright has granted £800 and Caroline Clapper and Alan Plancy £500 each. The £1800 will be used to employ contractors to dig up the bramble roots.

The specialist environmetal contractors will be starting work 27th and 28th October. The tractors will be used on land at the bottom of the toboggan slope to give that another 'hit'. Meadows across from the Bench of Peace to the Bench of Hope will also be cleared of brambles as part of the management Plan for the Hill.

The clearing of bramble roots with machines is necessary as this cannot be accomplished by hand. At the meadows the grass will be allowed to grow next spring with the expectation that more and varied species of wild flowers will grow there too. With different wild flowers growing it is hoped that this will attract different wild life.

The contractors will leave the brambles and clearance debris etc to degrade with the previous cuttings to one side of Laing's land. Once the deep roots are tackled volunteers can be used to keep the brambles at bay. Witness the slopes descending from the top bench which volunteers manage to keep clear of brambles.

On Mitzvah day Sunday 20th November The Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade together with a group from Edgware synagogue will give clearance and tidying service on the Hill. This will start at 10.15 and finish with refreshments at 12.30pm. The committee will be at hand to help and they invite other volunteers to come along and help. It is worthwhile and fun.

Last year we welcomed the Hindu community as well as volunteers from other faith groups. It was cold but exhilarating.


August 2011

Telegraph Plaque


A new plaque has now been installed at the top of Woodcock Hill. This describes the Naval Telegraph that was here in Napoleonic times. Why not spare a few minutes and take a look?
We gratefully acknowledge funding through the Ward Improvement Scheme from Councillors Hannah David and Sandra Parnell.
We are also planning to undertake more clearing work to make the paths more easily passable. If you would like to help please contact us.
Grants for this have been made by Cllrs Morris Bright and Alan Plancey: thank you both.
We are working with the Elstree & Borehamwood Town Council to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on June 3rd 2012 by lighting a beacon on the hill. If there is anyone who was present the last time a beacon was lit on the hill to commemorate the Armada in 1988 please contact us as we would very much like you to join us for the next occasion.

Sunday 26th June


...is the revised date for this year's Picnic on the Hill - one of the Town Festival events. Some refreshments will be available but you should bring your own lunch - sandwiches recommended!

You will have the opportunity to meet members of the committee, puchase exclusive Woodcock Hill notelets and go on a nature walk.

Please note that this is a change from the originally advertised date of 19th June.

Thursday 31st March 2011

Our sell-out quiz supper on Wednesday 30th March was attended by nearly 100 keen quizzers and was a great success. Thanks to all who helped and took part.



Wednesday 1st December

Our third AGM will be held at 44 Carrington Avenue - all members are invited to attend, but please let us know if you are coming so we can ensure that approiate catering and seating is available.

Annual membership is now due for renewal. Leaflets with renewal forms attached are being distributed in surroiunding streets, but you can download a renewal form here.




21st November - Mitvah Day and National Sewa Day

Our volunteers

Jazz Evening - Saturday 20th November 2010

at Three Ways Community Centre, Arundel Drive. Another really successful Jazz Evening with the Jim Phillips Jazz Band.

Jim Phillips Jazz BandJim Phillips Jazz BandJazz Evening

31st March

Our new signs, sporting our specially commissioned logo - a drawing of a woodcock, have been installed at the top and bottom entrances to Woodcock Hill.

11th March: Work has started...

...on improving access to the site. The entrance opposite the end of Milton Drive has been improved and a kissing gate has been installed at the Byron Avenue entrance.

Borehamwood Times: 8th March 2010:

Request for material for this website


Borehamwood Times: 15th February:

Funding Approved for Woodcock Hill

10th February 2010

At the Business Referral eXchange Supper Quiz £600 was raised for charity, of which the Woodcock Hill Village Green Trust are eligible for £200. Thank you BRX!

Jazz Evening - Saturday 14th November 7.30 to 10.30 pm

at Three Ways Community Centre, Arundel Drive. This featured the Jim Philips Jazz Band and was a great success. Many thanks to everyone who helped make it so. We raised several hundred pounds which will help with the upkeep of the Village Green. Watch out for our next event...




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Cleared Area on Woodcock Hill

Aldenham Country Park is still under threat from the lowering of the level of water. Aldenham Renaissance is also struggling due to the Covid-19 lockdown. You can help them maintain the facility there by making a donation




You can help all users by keeping the hill clean of any dog droppings as these can be a danger to health, especially of children.



Also note that motor vehicles (unless authorised) are NOT permitted on the hill. There have been motorbikes on the hill this March (2011) so please keep a lookout - you can report sightings to the committee via this website. Police have the power to confiscate errant vehicles.



Work was carried out in 2010 to clear a lot of the brambles on the main part of Woodcock Hill. This has resulted in a widening of the main pathways and also the clearance of a large area near the bottom of the hill.


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Observations are now being posted on our Facebook Page

September 2011: Bench of Hope restored

Installation of bench

After the hard work

Volunteers from the Countryside Management Service have reinstalled the Bench of Hope part of the way up the hill.

The parts were found by a dog walker and had apparently been used as a (very low) table by someone living rough on the hill.

July 2011

Bench of Hope replaced by Bench of Peace, thanks to Cardif Pinnacle. The new bench has been dedicated to the Peace Hospice.

Dedicated to the Peace Hospice by Cardif PinnaclePlaque on Bench of Peace

28th March 2011

First summer visitor is on the hill - a chiffchaff.

17th November 2010

Winter has pretty much arrived. Fewer fungi are around, although one not affected by frost is this one:

auricularia auricula-judae

This is commonly know as Jews Ear (although the name is no longer an official common name in view of political correctness). It is edible and is in widespread use in soups etc. in China.

The winter visiting thrushes have arrived. Redwings were seen around the Western end of Lullington Garth this week. Look out for flocks of thrushes flying over. These are likely to be Redwinds and/or Fieldfares that have arrived from Scandinavia or continental Europe.












Candlesnuff Fungus

Clouded Agaric

October 2010

Several varieties of fungi have been identified. You can see a list here along with all the other fauna and flora that have been recorded recently.

30 July 2010

Watch out for cinnabar moth caterpillars on Ragwort. Also there was a sparrowhawk around today.

Cinnabar Caterpillars

July 2010

Well it's been a good two months for Butterflies. Several new species for Woodcock Hill were seen: Large Skipper, Clouded Yellow, Common Blue and Red Admiral spring to mind. The last three of these are illustrated below.

Also seen (in June) was the Chimney Sweeper Moth, which depends on Pignut in its lifecycle.

28th May 2010

Cock Linnet present near Milton Drive entrance - possibly with female and gained the impression it may have been collecting nesting material.

Please report any unusual sightings to the webmaster.

Grey Herons


23rd and 24th May 2010


A cuckoo has been active all day in the lovely weather. Listen out for its distinctive call. We hope this time it is our regular visitor here to stay for the brief period that this species does hang around.


Managed to get a good image of a whitethroat which was very active in the lower field. Also saw three grey herons flying over. One can often see single birds, but three together is unusual.



Herts Air Ambulance







19th May 2010

Excitement today as the Hertfordshire Air Ambulance lands on Woodcock Hill to attend an emergency in Milton Drive.



willow warbler








7th May 2010

Have now seen the first swifts of the summer. Also had a good view of a chiffchaff. This small warbler is easily identified by its song, which is a repeated 'chiff chaff' sound. The very similar looking Willow Warbler, also found on the hill, has a completely different sweet descending song (click to play) with a flourish at the end.

28th April 2010

Our Cuckoo has arrived - or at least a cuckoo! Also a whitethroat has been seen and Willow warblers heard since last week.

Many species are in good voice now. How many can you identify?





20th April

The blackthorn is an amazing display of white. Many trees are coming into leaf - including sycamore and horse chestnut, but the oaks are still in bud.




16th April 2010

And I have managed to capture a peacock butterfly. White deadnettle is now in flower as are a few bluebells on the corner as you head along the path by Barnet Lane, towards the top of Furzehill Road.


9th April 2010


Spring is here! The first migratory birds have arrived in the form of Blackcaps (click here to hear a blackcap) and Chiffchaffs. Butterflies can also be seen now on the Hill. The next warblers to look out for are Willow Warblers and Whitethroats and then hopefully our local Cuckoo. I did see a swallow elsewhere in Hertfordshire over the weekend. In the same area as the swallow I spotted four different species of butterfly. Please let us know which sorts you manage to identify on Woodcock Hill.

2nd April 2010

Lesser Celendine

Lesser Celendine (Ranunculus ficaria) is now flowering on the bank alongside Carrington Avenue. This usually flowers from March through to May but is clearly a little late this year as are many things.

24th March 2010

Red kite spotted flying over Woodcock Hill this afternoon. please report any other interesting visitors.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 April 2020 11:12 )