In Dacorum, we aspire to protect and enhance our natural environment, heritage and habitats.
Dacorum benefits from a tremendous resource of high quality parks and recreation areas set within some of the most remarkable landscapes in the country.
Within the Dacorum Development Programme, Dacorum Borough Council’s key projects for green space are found within the Hemel Town Centre and Two Waters Regeneration Spatial Package.
Jellicoe Water Gardens
Improving enjoyment of the Water Gardens and shopping experience
The Jellicoe Water Gardens is one of the most important post war heritage sites in Dacorum. Designed by Geoffrey Jellicoe as an integral part of his Masterplan for Hemel Hempstead New Town, they were placed on English Heritage's Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in 2010.
Nearly 50 years since their completion, the Water Gardens are mostly still intact but require significant investment to restore them to their original condition.
Dacorum Borough Council is preparing a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund / Big Lottery Fund Parks for People programme for funding. If successful the restored Gardens will be a welcoming and high quality community facility which celebrates Hemel Hempstead's new town heritage.
Planned improvements include restoring the Gardens original structures, including bridges and viewing platforms; and creating a central community hub, with seating, attractive planting displays, and space where people can meet, relax and enjoy the Gardens.
As part of the town centre improvements a riverside walk and cycle way is planned, and will be a safe and attractive route following the River Gade and the Water Gardens through the heart of Hemel Hempstead and connecting to improved routes to the station.
Water Gardens History and Concept Plan (2.7MB)
Friends of the Water Gardens
Volunteer group, the Friends of the Water Gardens, has been helping with the plans to restore the Gardens and joining in with the gardening and sharing the Gardens’ history and heritage.
New members are always welcome – for more information, to join the Friends Group, or to regularly receive the Water Gardens newsletters please contact email@example.com or call 01442 228352.
Two Waters Open Space
This project aims to improve access to open space, and provide better connectivity through the green gateway to the south of the town centre between the station and Apsley. This area includes the working countryside of the Moors, Heath Park Gardens and the green corridor incorporating the rivers Bulbourne and Gade, the Grand Union Canal and the lakes at Apsley. This project aims to enhance this important green infrastructure, to provide a quality setting for Hemel Hempstead, and valuable recreation space for local residents.
In October 2010, the Two Waters Open Space Feasibility Study was completed. This study assessed local constraints and opportunities, and identified and tested a range of potential enhancements and options for change through the study area.
Two Waters open space consultation findings July 2010 (31.9 KB)
Two Waters Feasibility Report (1445 KB)
Green Space Strategy
The Green Space Strategy is a vision and plan to deliver improved public spaces within the Borough and to help protect our environment from the pressures of development. It sets out Dacorum’s commitment to manage and preserve green spaces – including managed parks and woodlands, nature reserves, and play areas – and to sustain the quality of neighbourhoods.
Green spaces are integral to Dacorum, and important components of people’s health and well being, the Borough’s economic prosperity, the biodiversity of the environment and our contribution to sustainability. The Green Space Strategy will improve the quality of neighbourhoods, to meet community and planning needs, and to deliver the priorities of Dacorum Borough Council and The Dacorum Partnership.
The views of the Dacorum’s residents, stakeholders and the Dacorum Partnership have helped to develop and inform the strategy.
In Dacorum, we aspire to protect and enhance our natural environment, heritage and habitats. With the involvement of the community, we will create attractive, sustainable, accessible and well-managed green spaces.
The priorities of Dacorum’s community form the foundations of the Green Space Strategy and the basis of the following policies:
Policy 1 – To protect our green space from development
Policy 2 – To protect and enhance our natural environment, heritage and habitats
Policy 3 – To create attractive sustainable accessible and well managed green spaces
Policy 4 – To manage our green spaces with community involvement to ensure they are fit for purpose
Policy 5 – To make people feel safe
Policy 6 – To use development opportunities to improve the quality and provision of open space
The green spaces and facilities of the individual towns and villages within the Borough will be improved through an action plan developed from a detailed assessment of the Borough’s resources using the community priorities of Improving Quality; Increase Facilities; Nature Conservation and Easy Access to the Countryside.
Consultation took place on the draft Green Space Strategy during April – June 2010 and the final document was published in January 2011.
An addendum to the Green Space Strategy was prepared in October 2012, to update the actions relating to the Water Gardens and Gadebridge Park, to reflect the ambitions of the Hemel Hempstead Town Centre Masterplan. The Green Space Strategy had considered the views of the Dacorum Chalk Rivers Restoration Strategy, which advocated restoring a more natural chalk stream through the town centre and moving the River Gade through Gadebridge Park, to the lowest point of the valley. The Dacorum Chalk Rivers Restoration Strategy was prepared prior to the listing of the Water Gardens and the emerging vision of the Hemel Hempstead Town Centre Masterplan. Details of the environmental issues relating to the Water Gardens and Gadebridge Park and the revised actions can be found in the Green Space Strategy Addendum October 2012.
Green Space Strategy (2.93MB)
Green Space Strategy Addendum (MB)