Porters Hill Park

Harpenden Town Council owns and manages Porters Hill Park, a 3.5 acre green space which serves as a fantastic asset to this residential area.
Positioned just off Pickford Hill in Batford, at the top of the River Lea valley, Porters Hill Park overlooks the open fields and woodlands of the north Hertfordshire countryside.  It is open to the public at all times and is used for walking, recreation and play activities.

The natural play area was opened in May 2010 following its development from a previously derelict area of land.  Other facilities within the Park include a zip-wire, basket swing, slide and a wooden climbing frame, a large grassed area for informal games and football, a toddler play area and also a multi-use games area with floodlighting including basketball hoops.

Harpenden Town Council has recently planted 150m of hedgerow and native trees including hazel, rowan, lime, oak and hawthorn trees. The tree line provides a shelter belt to reduce exposure to winds and increase biodiversity. In addition, paths in the play area have been re-laid to make it more accessible, new fencing along the boundary of the car park has been installed and renovation work will commence on the flower bed this autumn.

The Porters Hill Park Management Plan for 2023 - 2025 can be viewed here - Management Plan


Porters Hill Play Area, off Pickford Hill, Batford, Harpenden, AL5 5HQ.  The entrance is opposite Fulmore Close, follow the footpath behand the flats.

Porters Hill Park can be accessed easily on foot, by bicycle or car.  Buses regularly stop nearby and Harpenden train station is 1.5 miles away.  There is a small, free car park for 4-5 vehicles on site and two cycle stands.

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11/07/2024 12:49
Dementia Friendly Talk - new date

A new date for our free Dementia Friends talk by our Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador has just been announced: 14th October 2024. This event is suitable for anyone who would like to strengthen their knowledge of this condition and is an ideal opportunity to ask questions.

24/01/2024 09:02
Rare Chalk Stream in local Nature Reservve

Batford Springs Local Nature Reserve in Harpenden has long been a locally treasured green space but, with the development of an ambitious Management Plan, Harpenden Town Council is focused on maintaining and enhancing this outstanding area as a hugely important national asset.