Help Protect Beane Marshes

Thank you for your interest in our campaign to protect Beane Marshes in Bengeo. It is a much loved wildlife habitat with stunning views along the River Beane. A peaceful wildlife oasis at the very heart of Hertford.

This short video explains our campaign

What has happened? The land by the River Beane adjacent to Beane Road near Hertford North station was up for auction. We (Beane Marshes Conservation Group)  have negotiated its withdraw from auction to purchase it for the community. The price agreed is £135,000 for three of the four lots originally for sale. This was the auction guide price, and our enquiries suggest that it is around the market value. Lot 4 (the corner plot on Molewood/Beane Road) is not for sale.

How much do you need to raise? We need to raise funds for a sizeable deposit of £70,000 before the end of August with the balance to be paid within 8 months. On top of crowdfunding there have been some large individual donations and so we are in a strong position to reach our target, but there is another £5000 yet to raise. So if you were considering donating but haven’t done so yet, please do! On top of the £135,000 fee for the land, there are also various legal costs and auctioneer fees we need to settle. We expect these fees to be in the region of £22,000. We also need to consider maintenance of the land in the short term, and are exploring various insurance options.

Who is the Beane Marshes Conservation Group? A company has been formed named the Beane Marshes Conservation Group Ltd, which is the legal entity through which the transaction will be made. The directors of this company are concerned Bengeo residents and have been in active dialogue with local councillors and other local groups.

What’s the longer term plan? Our objective remains exactly the same – to conserve and enhance the land for the benefit of ecology and wildlife, and thus also to the benefit of the local community. We have talked to the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) who have visited the site and praised it for its biodiversity value. We would like to give the land to HMWT to own and manage.    We recognise that there are various views within the community, primarily concerning the extent of public access. Beane Marshes Conservation Group believes that if the wildlife is to flourish, then public access should not be provided, with the exception of occasional visits for ecological education purposes. If HMWT do take on the site, then we would hope to hold a community meeting together with them to gauge  opinion and decide a way forward.  

How are you going to raise the money? We continue to crowdfund, and can also accept bank transfers or cheques if people prefer. Please email beanemarshes@gmail.com if you need details of the bank account, or cheques made payable to Beane Marshes Conservation Group Ltd can be posted to 25 Desborough Close, Hertford, SG14 3EG

You’re welcome to join our Facebook group for updates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/savebeanemarshes/

Or please write to beanemarshes@gmail.com to be added to a mailing list.

Can I donate? Yes please we are crowdfunding: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-land-by-the-river-beane-hertford

Attend our Garden Party You can either buy a ticket at eventbright or visit the Secret Garden at The Avenue shops where you can buy a ticket