The cattle have returned to Chorleywood Common.  There are four and at present they are in the Railway field adjusting to their new surroundings.   It is likely that they will be released next Monday into the Maybushes, Railway Field and lower paddocks.

The cut and lift of the grass is also due to take place within the next week or so.

Local residents within the Parish of Chorleywood are invited to take part in consultation for the proposed Chorleywood Wonder Wood on Chorleywood Common at Site 15A during June and July. The survey closes at noon on Friday 20th July.  For information on the proposal please visit:

To complete the survey, click the following link:

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23 May 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect in the UK on 25th May 2018. It replaces the existing law on data protection (the Data Protection Act 1998) and gives individuals more rights and protection in how their personal data is used by organisations.  Friends of Chorleywood Common must comply with its requirements, just like any other charity or organisation.

As a member of FoCC  you gave us your name and contact details and asked to be kept informed about our activities. We hold limited and necessary information about you solely to enable us to communicate with you and to record details of your membership.  We do NOT share this information with any other organisation.

It is your right to ask us at any time what information we hold about you. You may also at any point require us to remove your name from our records and delete your contact information.

You can read the updated policy by clicking this link   Privacy Policy

If you are content that we continue to hold and use this information for these purposes, you do not need to do anything.

Bill Griffiths says: “You may have read that The Daily Mail in conjunction with the Keep Britain Tidy group is organising a nationwide clean-up of litter over the weekend of 12/13 May.  I’ve been in touch with the parish council to see if they would like our help that weekend and I’ve suggested that we could ” walk the common ” and do a litter pick. They are more than happy for us to do this , and I’m proposing that anybody who is interested meets at the cricket club car park at 11 am on Saturday 12th May.

What could be nicer than an amble round our lovely common for an hour or two – bring the children and the dogs !  We might even finish up at The Black Horse for a well earned drink.

Please let me know if you’re coming – I’ll bring some large bin bags for you all.”

Bill’s email is :

The 27th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Chorleywood Common will be held at Chorleywood Library on Monday 26th March 2018, starting at 8.00pm.  Please click on link to view:
The proposed Agenda;
Minutes of the 27th AGM 2017;
and the accounts for the year to 31 October 2017.

The AGM will include a review of the year by our Chairman, Greg Hill. The AGM is also your opportunity as members to raise any matters of interest or concern. After the AGM there will be a short presentation by Tony Edwards (Chair, Chorleywood Parish Council Open Spaces Committee) and Yvonne Merritt (Parish Clerk) on the Chorleywood Common Green Space Action Plan, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Greg Hill and Alison Rubens will not be standing for re-election as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively, or for election to the Committee. There will therefore be vacancies to be filled by election at the meeting. Nominations for election as officers or Committee members should be sent to Petra Conway as secretary ( at least 7 days before the AGM, i.e. before or on Monday 19 March.

If, before the AGM, you would like to query or discuss anything contained in the agenda, and in particular if you want to find out what would be involved if you joined the Committee or took office, please contact Greg Hill ( or any member of the Committee.

The Agenda also includes an item “The future of the Friends of Chorleywood Common”: the Committee hope to promote a discussion of what the members wish the Friends to do, and how those objectives can be realised.

As an added incentive to persuade you to come out on what we hope will be a pleasant Spring evening, we shall be serving wine and soft drinks during the evening. So on behalf of the Committee, I do hope you will be able to join us at the Meeting and look forward to seeing you on the 26th March.

Yours sincerely

Petrea Conway
Hon. Secretary

Daniel Dynes (Dan) died suddenly (and far to young) on 20th Jan.  He will be missed as he was committed to supporting the management of the Common and undertook many maintenance tasks.  We have just received information about Daniels funeral. This will take place on Friday 9th February at 12 noon at West Herts Crematorium followed by his wake at The Hammer in Hand, Ganders Ash, Watford.

Family flowers only but with donations made on the day to Dan’s preferred Charity – The Parish will find out what this is in order that cheques can also be raised.

All are invited to attend.

Flowers and a card have been sent on behalf of the Council

The Parish office will be closed on the 9th February as mark of respect. Notices will be put up accordingly.

The Countryside Management Service (CMS) within Hertfordshire County Council are working with Chorleywood Parish Council to produce a Greenspace Action Plan (GAP) for Chorleywood Common, which will guide future management to ensure that the site is under the best possible stewardship for wildlife and local people.

[CMS work in partnership with councils, landowners and communities across Hertfordshire to develop projects that enhance the landscape and biodiversity, as well as encouraging people to understand, enjoy and take an active role in their environment. For further information please see the latest CMS news here:]

This GAP will cover the period of 2018-2023 and shall allow for coordination of management across various stakeholder groups. It will also provide a mechanism for the planning and implementation of improvement projects, whilst forming the basis for funding applications to external sources. They are carrying out a two stage public engagement process, to allow local residents and users of the Common the opportunity to comment on future management of Chorleywood Common. They are inviting feedback about the plan.

The first stage of the public engagement is now open until Friday 5th January 2018, with the Briefing Document located at the Chorleywood Parish Council website here.  The Committee of Friends of the Common will be submitting a response and welcome your input, please email with your comments.  You can also submit your own feedback via the  associated feedback form in the briefing document, the more comments the better a plan.

Winter Wildfowl Walk at the Aquadrome 10am-12noon Sunday 17th December. This walk will be led by Ciaran Mullan from the Countryside Management Service. Ciaran is very knowledgeable and will help you find and identify resident and wintering wildfowl, as well as other points of interest on the way.

Its free, but booking is required:

The Chiltern Conservation Board says ” Love the Chilterns? Come to our events in January and tell us your views on its past, present and future landscape. Follow the link to book a place! Register Here

Your chance to win £50 of scrumptious local produce! We need your views. Follow the link to take a survey about the landscape of the Chilterns Start survey



On 23 November there was a small gathering to thank and bid farewell to Andy Goddard, the Parish and Common Ranger.  He is off to mid Wales where he and his family have bought a smallholding farm.  Greg Hill, our Chairman, said a few words of thanks on behalf of the Friends of Chorleywood Common, and Yvonne Merritt, the Parish Clerk, made a speech which I paraphrase and extend below:

” Andy joined the Parish Council from Croxley Green Parish on 4 July 2009.  He started as assistant Ranger working in the Cemetery.  When Peter Monahan left, Andy took on the role of managing the Common and developed a deep and passionate understanding of the Common and its place in the environment.  His love of the ponds and aquatic life (once removing over 2000 gold fish from Darvells pond one summer!), and Great Crested Newts helped the Parish Council to be the first Parish to gain High Level Stewardship (HLS) designation for council owned land in the County.

He took on additional duties including care of the cattle and introduction of educational programs.  Through the forest school initiative his enthusiasm has been passed to a younger generation who we hope will take on the legacy he has provided for the Common and Parish County.

He has been a full and active member of the Parish staff, turning his hand to many different activities including tug of war on Village Day, pond dipping, leading nature walks, and beating the bounds.

We will miss Andy and all wish him and his family the best in their new endeavours”.

Andy was presented with tokens of appreciation donated by members of the public and the Parish and its staff – Hunter wellies and a jacket and gilet – just what he will need in Wales!