A green space in Berkhamsted has been added to the common-land register, further protecting it from development.
The Open Spaces Society (OSS), which has been defending open spaces in England and Wales since 1865, said the edition of a piece of Berkhamsted Common to the common-land register is a “success for the people of Berkhamsted.”
Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) decided to add the land, which is 0.17 hectares to the north of Britwell Drive, near Berkhamsted Golf Club, to the register last month.
Richard Sanders, from the society, said: “This is a success both for the OSS and the people of Berkhamsted. The common is a popular area of green open space and forms a distinctive part of the local landscape. The common is at the heart of the OSS’ history: the ‘Battle of Berkhamsted’ in 1866 was one of our early victories, when we organised a trainload of men to tear down unlawful fences in the middle of the night.”
The land was subject to a deed of declaration, under section 193 of the Law of Property Act 1925, made by the Berkhamsted Golf Club Trustees on 19 December 1934.
This gave the public a right to walk and ride here.
The newly registered land was overlooked when Berkhamsted Common was first entered into the Hertfordshire commons register 30 to 40 years ago.
However, land covered by a deed of declaration now meets the criteria for commons registration.
This enabled the OSS to submit an application to secure the land’s status for the future.
Picture courtesy of The OSS