Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust
 PG: OBJECTS: PROMOTION: ELSTREE: Woodcock Hill Village Green
Woodcock Hill Village Green
Annotated map reproduced courtesy of Googlemaps.
The Woodcock Hill village green is an area of about 24 acres close to the boundary with Greater London. It was recorded by the County Council in July 2008 after a public inquiry held in November 2007 by an independent inspector. We provided some evidence of the use of the land for riding.

The committee (Woodcock Hill Open Space for Ever, WHOSE, headed by Cllr Pat Strack) that made the application sought donations to help cover the cost. There is no government funding - all the money for the inquiry must be raised locally. The PGBT trustees thought that this was worth supporting, and made a donation towards the group's costs.

Recording a Town or Village Green means that there are public rights of access for air and recreation by people of the locality. Such use includes riding.

Woodcock Hill Village Green
Credit: Phil Wadey, 2008
June 2020 - Taylor Wimpey are consulting about their proposal to swap part of the village green with other lane, west of the railway line. The plan showing the land swap proposed is right.

The Woodcock Hill Village Green Trust is campaigning aginst the change. They note that the area would be split in two with no connection. Read more on their website.

The Trust deplores any loss of riding land and so is monitoring the application carefully.

29 Nov 21: The inquiry has been delayed until 2022.

© 2020 Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust. File reference: EC145