Food and Farming Day for Primary School Children at the Hertfordshire Showground -

Organised by the Hertfordshire Agricultural Society who have been running the County Show for 136 years. The event targeted year 6 Primary School Children (10 & 11 yr olds) with one Harpenden school, Manland Primary in attendance alongside 1000+ pupils from Hertfordshire Primary Schools. 

The focus of the day was to promote the original ‘Field to Fork’ story. However, we aim to ‘flip’ the story and start with food and work backwards, showcasing all the different foods within the ‘Eat Well Plate’ of Fruit & Vegetables; Potatoes, Bread and other Carbohydrates; Beans, Fish, Meat and other Proteins; Dairy and alternatives and Oils.

All exhibits offered an interactive experience. 2 local foodies; (below) Theo Michaels (chef, TV presenter and award-winning author) and Katharine Tate AKA The Food Teacher (teacher, Registered Nutritional Therapist and award-winning author) were both involved in the day. Katharine explained, 'The day was fantastic talking with the pupils about where our food comes from. My session was supported by itsu so I talked about Asian food and climate differences around the world with seaweed, prawn cracker and rice cake food tastings, which the children loved. A memorable day for all the children."

In addition to the marquees there was machinery, livestock and various demonstrations. The school children and teachers moved around the various exhibits with additional stewards available who will have farming knowledge that could answer questions or give a more in-depth commentary on a certain area.

Next year the event will take place on Tuesday 2nd July for any local schools that might be interested.

Please see a link for Herts County Council


Richard Nichols delivering the Chair’s statement

‘Time running out for finalising Local Plan’, says councillor

Without the submission, in an acceptable form of a local plan for St Albans City and District before the middle of next year, protection of key areas of the Green Belt against housing development might well be lost. The warning came from District and County Councillor Paul de Kort, addressing a public  meeting last week hosted by the Harpenden Society at the town’s Katherine Warington School.


Cllr de Kort pointed out that although a recent statement by Secretary of State Michael Gove had indicated a move away from mandatory to ‘advisory’ house building targets, it was clear that the requirement for SADC to sanction the building of just over 15,000 new homes between now and 2041, would not necessarily be eased. And, in answer to a question from the audience, he acknowledged that the outcome of the General Election later this year added a further element of uncertainty.

    Although the council was keen to make maximum use of so-called ‘brownfield’ sites in the District, surveys had shown that they could accommodate only around 900 dwellings.  It meant that land had therefore to be made available elsewhere for building about 11,000 more homes, which implied sacrificing Green Belt.  

    In an ARUP group survey commissioned last year by SADC, the practicality and extent of some Green Belt development applications was questioned. Cllr de Kort cited the L&G group’s wish to build around 550 homes on Green Belt land north of Bloomfield Road, Harpenden. It contrasted starkly with the figure of just 293 homes calculated by ARUP and influenced especially by the distance of the site from the town centre and consequent transport implications.

Paul de Kort commented: “Putting together a local plan is a complex activity for any local authority. The particular circumstances of St Albans District mutiply the challenge. I hope my presentation and responses to the audience's questions provided more clarity on the local context, the progress made to date and what remaining uncertainties there are to be resolved. Very recent ministerial statements appear to allow for greater consideration of specific local pressures and I welcomed that during the evening. It is something that we have been demanding for a long time."

A record breaking attendance of over 140 including many non members of the Harpenden Society were present filling the school hall for almost two hours. The full slide presentation can be seen on the Harpenden Society web site. www.harpendensociety.org

There would be two residential blocks of 50 eco friendly apartments, ( some affordable) each with their own parking. These being on a ‘brownfield site’ so no loss of greenbelt.

A Station Plaza for passenger drop off and collection. Ticket machines.

A multi storey car park  for 450 vehicles, with some EV charge points

Dedicated, safer waking and cycling connection

Simplified vehicular access

May 16. A Planning application has been lodged at St. Albans Council for 100 homes at HARPENDEN RAILWAY STATION EASTERN CAR PARK  PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT.

No mention is made of the serious issues of traffic problems accessing the site and the loss of car parking spaces.

Planning Application 5/2024/0796

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