Fishers Field was developed from an area of redundant allotments. Work commenced on the site in 1994, and it was granted the status of Local Nature Reserve in 1998.

It is owned by Hertsmere Borough Council and managed and maintained by a partnership comprising the council, Herts Countryside Management Services and a group of local volunteers known as the Friends of Fishers Field.

A five year plan is in operation to ensure that the reserve develops in a natural and appropriate way.

There have been several organised visits to the site by local schools and societies. Surveys have been carried out by the Butterfly and other associations.

Apart from working sessions where friends clear litter, plant trees and wildflowers and carry out general maintenance, there is one public event for local residents. A family picnic day is held annually with free refreshments. Several stalls and display areas are present. These mirror the philosophy of the reserve and feature recycling, the RSPB and the Bat Association.

In 2012 we were pleased to have attending the mayor of Hertsmere Councillor Pat Strack and the MP for Hertsmere Mr James Clappison.

The reserve has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Community Award for the past four years by the Communities and Local Government agencies. This is a national award that recognises high quality green spaces in the UK that are managed by voluntary and community groups. The award is part of the Green Flag Award scheme, the national standard for quality parks and green spaces, and is administered by Keep Britain Tidy.

Green flag award

Photograph courtesy of Hertsmere Council