Locals have their say: deciding once and for all what Harpenden’s prettiest scenery is

PUBLISHED: 16:07 03 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:07 03 August 2018

Batford Springs Nature Reserve. Picture: DANNY LOO

Batford Springs Nature Reserve. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Harpenden is full of impressive architecture, rich history and beautiful rolling green.

Rothamsted Park, Harpenden. Picture: DANNY LOORothamsted Park, Harpenden. Picture: DANNY LOO

But where is the prettiest place in Harpenden? It is a difficult question for sure, but we posed it to the members of our Enjoy Harpenden More Facebook group.

The options were Rothamsted Park, Batford Springs, Harpenden High Street, Harpenden Common, or another place we had overlooked.

About 75 people responded, nearly ten per cent of the group - so let’s assess the options.

Batford Springs has been designated as a Local Nature Reserve by Natural England.

Harpenden Common recieved a Green Flag award. Picture: Harpenden Town CouncilHarpenden Common recieved a Green Flag award. Picture: Harpenden Town Council

It sits on Lower Luton Road, is managed by volunteers, and can boast fresh springs to serve a network of chalk streams and ponds.

Visitors can amble along the River Lea, which flows through the site.

What’s next? The iconic Harpenden Common has been honoured with a Green Flag award since 2007, and often hosts community events for local residents to enjoy.

It stretches almost two miles from the centre of Harpenden, southwards.

Harpenden high street. Photo: Danny Loo.Harpenden high street. Photo: Danny Loo.

Next up, arguably the hub of the town, Harpenden High Street is home to a whole stretch of shops - with independents, chains, banks, franchises and small businesses all thriving in the centre.

Highlights include long running family-owned tobacconist Thorns, popular restaurant Okka, and gift shop Threads.

It is always busy, with shoppers and residents mingling in the vibrant shopping street.

Now let’s talk about Rothamsted Park. It is 56 acres of wide open green, opposite internationally famous lab Rothamsted Research.

It has a paddling pool, indoor swimming pool, a sports centre, a children’s playground, and St Albans district’s only purpose built skate-park.

So, *drum-roll*, which picturesque place came out top?

A whopping 50 per cent of respondents voted for Batford Springs, with Rothamsted Park trailing behind in second with 19 votes.

Member Clare Merson said: “I’ve not been to Batford Springs for 36 years! When I would go there to catch tadpoles for my bucket and then let them go later. It’s overdue a visit.”

There are always plenty of lively discussions on our Facebook page, so why not pop along and get involved in the debate?

Join us at www.facebook.com/groups/enjoyharpendenmore/

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