New wooden pedestrian access bridge over wetland nature reserve in urban wetlands park. The construction was carried out by Maydencroft Ltd who are based in Hitchin, Herts. (http://www.maydencroft.co.uk). The boardwalk was constructed over the existing gabions in the balancing pond to provide an attractive “easy access” walking route along the edge of the reed bed. The primary aim was to resolve the issue of young people climbing out onto the slippery and potentially dangerous gabions. The new structure, installed in early 2016, helps visitors to enjoy and learn about an important local wildlife habitat. The reed bed is home to a wide variety of unusual birds and invertebrates. Some particularly valuable wildlife areas will be protected from increased public usage with the hit and miss fencing and gates, so as to limit disturbance to nesting and foraging birds.
Construction information provided by East Herts Council, Environment Manager.