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FOR THE FUTURE: Plans for new park near Berkhamsted castle to celebrate town’s rich heritage

 Published on: 20th June 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Local residents were recently invited to have their say after preliminary plans for a new park near Berkhamsted Castle were revealed.

For nearly 400 years up until the late 17th century, the castle was surrounded by a large deer park, a hunting ground and timber source used by local wealthy aristocrats.

Though it was split up into agricultural land more than four centuries ago, the distinctive layout of the site remains to this day in the line of field boundaries to Berkhamsted’s north.

Now, plans are afoot to revive this part of the town’s history. Working with Land Use Consultants, a feasibility study was recently launched by the council, funded by a grant from the Marchus Trust and the UK government’s Shared Prosperity Fund.

Berkhamsted Castle stated on social media: “This study seeks to establish the potential for creating a park with a shared vision to celebrate the rich historic and cultural heritage of the landscape linked to Berkhamsted Castle.”

The survey ran until May 24, with the results set to be analysed before any plans are finalised.

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