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Woodland Management Plan 2024-2034

St Stephen Parish has recently commissioned Maydencroft to write a woodland management plan. This plan details the schedule of maintenance and conservation work to be done in our three woodlands-St Julian’s Wood, Black Green Wood and Park Street Rec embankment over the next 10 years.

Please click to view the plan

The council welcomes any feedback from the community about the plan. Please email

Grand Opening of Woodbury Field Play Area

Please join us on Saturday 1st June from 2.30pm at Woodbury Field, Bricket Wood, AL2 3QG

Ribbon cutting by our own Postie Mike, Free bootcamp with Jess from Yes Jess Fitness, Fitness equipment demonstration, come and try the double cable way, music, food, ice cream van

Local Elections-Thursday 2 May 2024

The next elections in the district are scheduled to take place on Thursday 2 May 2024.

Elections for the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner will take place throughout the whole district.

St Albans City & District Council elections will also take place, except in the district wards of Colney Heath and Redbourn.

The deadline for registering to vote in 16 April..

For further information about the elections, registering to vote, voter ID requirements and how to apply for a postal or proxy vote, click here.

Woodland Management Greenwood Park

St Stephen Parish Council will be undertaking woodland management in the area between the top car park and the cycle way from 20th to 22nd March.

The project will enable the Council to thin some of the trees by moving up to 30 trees to a new location within the park, John Bell’s copse.

Moving the trees will reduce competition in the area and result in improved tree health for the remaining specimens.

Creating more space will increase biodiversity of the area by allowing more light to reach the woodland floor.

Hedge Laying in Greenwood Park

This week, we have started a new project to lay a hedge along the boundary of Greenwood Park with the A414. The initial stage will be the first 50m or so. Hedge laying is a traditional craft that has been practised for centuries in the UK and the new hedge is being laid in the South of England style which is typical of our region. Feedback from our recent survey on the future of Greenwood Park called for improvement to the barrier between the dual carriageway and the Council is pleased to take action on this feedback as part of our woodland management plan.

Hedgerows provide a natural barrier and are an important habitat for wildlife and shelter for birds and small mammals. Healthy hedgerows are essential habitats for UK biodiversity, home to 80% of our woodland birds and supporting over 2,000 species such as hedgehogs, butterflies and several European Protected Species, including the dormouse.

St Stephen Parish Council Greenwood Park Survey Results

We asked residents to share their views and ideas on the future improvement of Greenwood Park by completing a short survey.

The survey results will inform the options being developed by the appointed independent agency and will help to shape our long-term thinking about the facilities and services we provide.

We hope to make Greenwood Park an inclusive space for all members of the community to use and enjoy for future decades.

Click to view the survey



Community Awards 2023

We all know people who go the extra mile to make our Parish a better place and we at St Stephen Parish Council think they deserve a pat on the back!

We are asking you to nominate people, businesses or groups you think deserve particular thanks for their work in the community this year.

Nominees must live or work in the Parish and have made an exceptional contribution that benefits the community, through outstanding performance and dedication. They must not be a previous award winner.

Click to complete an online form or click here to download a nomination form. Email completed forms to or send to us at The Parish Centre, Station Road, Bricket Wood, St Albans, Herts AL2 3PJ.

Nominations must be in by 5pm on Friday 1 December. The nominees will be invited to our awards ceremony at St Stephen Parish Christmas Market on Sunday 26 November where the winners will be announced and awards presented.