The team of volunteers behind Friends of Oughtonhead Common perform regular conservation tasks up at Oughtonhead Common. Now there's a project being run by the Countryside Management Service to create and restore areas to improve access for visitors and also provide more wetland for wildlife.
The sound of diggers can be distracting, but in the last few months it's been a blessing if you can hear anything apart form the noise of pounding rain. Work at Oughtonhead Common (owned by NHDC) began in January and there's very definite signs of change. Eventually, there'll be a new viewing area and better access across areas of the common and new dragonfly ponds.
To find out more about the Friends of Oughtonhead Common, go to http://www.hertsdirect.org/your-community/comvol/enviro2y/envconservation3/nhd/15674261
For more about the CMS project, go to http://www.hertslink.org/cms/15475080/ohcwetworks/
And if you just want to find out more about the common itself, go to http://www.hertslink.org/cms/getactive/placestovisit/oughtonhead/
It's well worth a visit - but take your wellies if you're heading up there soon.
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