Tarmac has appointed Maydencroft landscape management company to assist in the running of Hertfordshire’s famous Panshanger Park.
A specialist team will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the park, providing support to both Tarmac and Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.
Maydencroft Ltd, based ona working farm near Hitchin, witha regional office in Windsor, is aUK market leader in a range of environmental services.
Its consultants lead specialistteams managing and administering forestry, farmland, rivers, wetlands, historic landscapes and gardens.
The company also manages new developments which include the creation of nature reserves and urban landscaping projects.
Tarmac has now completedits extraction phase of sand and gravel and will restore the park as
a public amenity. Owned by theCowper family from the late 17th century to the early 20th century, the Panshanger Estate was shaped around the Mimram Valley.
Both Humphry Repton andLancelot ‘Capability’ Brown advised
in its creation. It’s registered as aGrade II park and garden by HistoricEngland.
Much of the site has beenrestored to arable farming and a range of valuable wildlife habitats including a new section of chalk river and a number of lakes.
The park, which was opened to the public in 2014, is made upof a mosaic of habitats including woodlands, wetlands, grasslands and reed beds with a variety of wildlife.
During the spring and summer months, a multitude of wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies and birdsbrings it to life. Large numbers of ducks migrate there from the north to spend the winter on the lakes so Panshanger is a popular place to visit throughout the year. Maydencroft has assigned a dedicated team, including two rangers and an Estates Manager, to support Tarmac and the Trust. Its multidisciplinary team will deliver projects that focus on heritage, public amenity and biodiversity.
Tom Williams, Managing Director at Maydencroft says: “Nowthat mineral extraction is complete at Panshanger Park, and Tarmac isprogressing with the final restorationworks, we’ll bring our expertise
and knowledge to this importantfinal phase of the transition from aoperational site into a country park and nature reserve.”