- Can I scatter ashes on Therfield Heath?
- Can I place a memorial bench on Therfield Heath?
- Can I plant a memorial tree on Therfield Heath?
- Do I need a permit to walk dogs commercially on Therfield Heath?
- Do I need a permit to run outdoor fitness classes on Therfield Heath?
Can I scatter ashes on Therfield Heath?
Sorry, but no. Most of the site is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and as a result it is illegal to introduce any foreign materials without consent from Natural England. Ashes add nutrients to the soil and cause problems for the delicate flora of the site that depend on nutrient-poor conditions
Can I place a memorial bench on Therfield Heath?
Sorry, but we cannot put any more benches on the site. We appreciate it is a place that is special to many people, but in order to keep it that way, we cannot add any further furniture. In addition, they cause erosion and they become a burden for us to maintain.
Can I plant a memorial tree on Therfield Heath?
While we recognise the importance of trees for wildlife and for the wider environment, Therfield Heath is recognised specifically for its chalk grassland. We are continually battling to keep the grassland open from encroaching scrub and trees, so it would be irresponsible to start planting trees on the site and undo all the work we do.
Do I need a permit to walk dogs commercially on Therfield Heath?
We know Therfield Heath is a really appealing place to walk dogs, however, the site does not look after itself. From 1st January 2020, we will require all commercial dog walkers to make a contribution towards the upkeep of the site – such as emptying the dog poo bins – by paying for a permit. A permit will also ensure that commercial dog walkers have liability insurance and comply with other health and safety requirements.
Do I need a permit to run outdoor fitness classes on Therfield Heath?
From 1st January 2020, we will require all those who run outdoor fitness classes on Therfield Heath to have a permit. It is important that those who use the site for commercial gain make a contribution towards upkeep. In addition, the process will enable us to check risk assessments, liability insurance, qualifications etc to give the public better peace of mind.