The AGM for 2011 at 7.00pm on 26th May at Allum Hall.
Who Are We?
The Green Belt Society was formed by law in 1949 to prevent speculative ribbon development around London and other large cities in the United Kingdom.
The first records of E&BGBS date from 1959 when the battles against building on Woodcock Hill on the South side of Borehamwood started and the Woodcock Hill Society (now merged with the GBS) was founded under Dr Lewis Wilde.
We have been contesting Green Belt and conservation issues to the present day.
This is a letter that was sent recently on learning of the death of a local green campaigner:
We learned with sadness of the death in June this year of Dr Lewis Wild lately of Barnet Lane. He died in Seaford Sussex where he had retired and was in his 96th year.
He held a Doctorate in Chemistry and was employed in research and was married to the late Dr Daphne Wild, a consultant psychiatrist. He remained active and interested in Greeen Belt news in his retirement.
Borehamwood and Elstree owe him an enormous debt of thanks because he was the founder of The Woodcock Hill Society and campaigned against development of the Hill in the '60s. Without his sucessful fight we would have had nothing to preserve as our Village Green in the recent battle by WHOSE so ably led by Pat Strack our present Mayor and Councillor Sandra Parnell and their team. Woodcock Hill is historic as well as a beauty spot being the site of the Armada Beacon and Lord George Murray's Optical Telegraph carrying naval despatches to and from Yarmouth in the 18th century.
The threat to our local countryside continues and is greatly increased by the new government initiatives relaxing controls on development and allowing possible inroads into Green Belt land. We have arranged a meeting with the Hertsmere Planning Department to find out how this will affect us.
I do beg you to join the Green Belt Society for a token fee of £5 per household and add to the weight of protest against encroachment on the green space the divides and protects us from the urban sprawl of London. Our Membership Secretary is Pat Strack. 36 Carrington Avenue. Borehamwood WD6 3HA Phone 020 8386 3151 or email:
Dr Ann Goddard
28 Deacons Hill Road Elstree WD6 3LH
Chairman Borehamwood and Elstree Green Belt Society