One of the things we love most about Park Street is the environment. Did we mention that we won the 2009 Hertfordshire Village of the Year (Environment Category), awarded by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), and – this just in – 2011 Hertfordshire Village of the Year West?
We’re privileged to have the Green Belt on our doorsteps, and we campaign to keep it green. In recent years, this has meant opposing inappropriate development proposals – such as the Strategic Rail Freight Exchange on Radlett Airfield, which was opposed by STRiFE, with the support of the Park Street & District Residents’ Association (PSRA) and many other local groups.
The PSRA is an active member of the CPRE, a charity that was formed in 1926 to protect the English countryside – the woodlands, green fields, landscapes and buildings that are part of our national and local heritage. We particularly support one division of CPRE: LitterAction UK tackles the problems of fly-tipping and littering, especially in our countryside. We have formed our own litter picking group, the Park Street Pickers, and meet at 10am on the third Sunday of every other month in the car park at the Park Street Recreation Ground on Park Street Lane. We provide all the equipment you need – just bring along your own gloves. Our aim is to keep our area looking the way we want it to be – free from litter. Every little helps!
Other green groups – in the village or nearby – include: St Albans Community Forest Association, St Albans Friends of the Earth, St Stephens Gardening Club, Transition St Albans and the Ver Valley Society . To turn ‘food miles’ into ‘food yards’, we have the Park Street Lane Allotments and the Burydell Lane Allotments.
A poem we like is here.