The parish includes a large area of the Broxbourne Woods complex, Hertfordshire’s only National Nature Reserve and one of the largest oak-hornbeam woodlands in the country. This is mostly ancient woodland which has been in existence for at least four centuries.
The entire parish lies within the Metropolitan Green Belt and is designated as a Landscape Conservation Area. The central area of the village of Brickendon is a Conservation Area. We are proud of our environment and the parish council works with a number of other bodies to help protect and enhance the area.
In 2012 an area along the edge of the village green along Pembridge Lane was sown with wild flowers to attract bees and butterflies. Here it is in summer 2017.
Brickendon Green is a registered village green, leased to the parish council on a peppercorn rent. Emanuel Pollards and Coldhall Green, together with the verges on either side of White Stubbs Lane are also registered village greens.
Brickendon Green contains a number of commemorative oak trees: 1887 - golden jubilee of Queen Victoria; 9 August 1902 - accession of Edward VII; 1911 - accession of George V; 1937 - accession of George VI; June 1977 - silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II; June 2002 - golden jubilee of Elizabeth II. Sadly, Queen Victoria’s oak was hit by lightning in 1987 and all that remains now is the stump.
Within the parish Well Green and Edwards Green are registered common land, as is a small patch of land in Mangrove Lane and the verges along Brickendon Lane, Pembridge Lane and West End Road.
With funding from the Parish Paths Partnership and the Hertfordshire Environmental Landfill Partnership the parish council undertook the production of a parish map in 2004/5.
An interpretation board featuring the parish map together with some commissioned wildlife paintings and information was officially unveiled in May 2007. More...
The Parish Environmental Action Plan sets out specific plans and actions that have been and will be undertaken to maintain and enhance the environment in the parish. This has included improvements to the wildlife habitat on the village green.
The Countryside Management Service together with the Woodland Trust and Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust is responsible for the management of much of the woodland in Broxbourne, Wormley and Bencroft Woods. CMS relies on volunteers to help maintain and enhance the woods, ponds and a number of permissive paths and bridleways. CMS also oversees a volunteer group called Wood Wardens who undertake practical conservation tasks in Broxbourne Woods on the 1st Friday and 3rd Sunday of every month. Contact CMS for more details.
The aims and objectives of the Broxbourne Woods Area Conservation Society are to:
The trust, formed by the Broxborne (sic) and Hoddesdon Open Spaces and Recreation Grounds Act 1890, exists to protect, care for and regulate certain areas of Common land, some of which now lies in Brickendon Liberty parish. These include strips of waste land on either side of White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne Common and Emmanuel Pollards.
Nestling in Bourne Woods just off Brickendon Lane, Celtic Harmony is a not-for-profit organisation promoting a more sustainable way of life through natural and cultural heritage education for children and adults. For more details see www.celticharmony.org.
A detached part of the Broxbourne Woods complex, this 18.2ha site is privately owned and managed. It is mainly semi-natural woodland mostly oak and ash with hornbeam underlay. For more details see www.greatgroves.co.uk.