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St Stephen Parish Council Community Awards

We asked our residents to nominate individuals and groups they felt deserved recognition for their commitment to making our Parish a better place. St Stephen Parish Council was pleased to award the following at our Annual Parish Meeting on 16 May:
Business Award – How Wood Pharmacy
Group Award – Park Street Residents’ Association
Individual Award – Roy Clegg

Special Award
In addition, this year, the Parish Council is delighted to present a Special Award to Bricket Wood Station Heritage Trust. This award recognizes the remarkable hard work, commitment, and dedicated efforts of the Trust in restoring the station building and creating a café for the community. The Trust’s work has significantly contributed to preserving local heritage and creating a communal space for all to enjoy.

Parish in Bloom

Following Chiswell Green and Park Street Residents’ Association Parish in Bloom competition, the Parish Council was pleased to present Parish in Bloom awards to the three overall winners.

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

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.

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.

Press release from St Stephen Parish Council

The letter in the Herts Advertiser dated 07-09-23 from Richard Curthoys expresses his personal views and not those of St Stephen Parish Council. The council has not formally discussed the issue of the closure of the High Street in St Albans by Hertfordshire County Council but does recognise that it has been controversial.

It is not the practice of St Stephen Parish Council to criticise elected members or officers of other authorities and the council can confirm that Richard Curthoys is in breach of its Media Protocol and Code of Conduct. His letter, had it been sent on behalf of St Stephen Parish Council, would have been in breach of Part II Section 2 of the Local Government Act 1986.

Mindful of its responsibilities under the Local Government Act, St Stephen Parish Council asks that the authenticity of any letters purporting to represent its views is verified with the Parish Clerk.

St Stephen Parish Council believes that Richard Curthoys is now fully aware of its Media Protocol and Code of Conduct. 

St Stephen Parish Council expects all of its councillors to work in a collegiate way with other elected members to support the needs of our community.