Oliver Dowden, Member of Parliament for Hertsmere, on Friday visited the woodland at Merry Hill, Bushey, owned and run by the Woodland Trust.
Speaking this week after the visit, he said: ‘It was a real pleasure to visit Merry Hill on Friday and see the work of the Woodland Trust first hand.
‘I grew up enjoying the countryside around our part of Hertfordshire and one of the great pleasures of living here is the green spaces on our doorstep. Woods and forests are an indispensable part of this and the Woodland Trust do amazing work preserving them.
‘I am grateful to them for taking the time to show me round and tell me more about their plans for the future.’
The Woodland Trust was founded in 1972 to protect Britain’s woods, create new ones, and restore ancient woodland for the benefit of wildlife and people.
The Trust acquired the land at Merry Hill in 1998 and since that date have been steadily converting the area into new woodland for the local community to enjoy. On the day, Mr Dowden met with the Site Manager, Mrs Louise Neicho and Mr James Cooper from the Trust’s head office.