Open all year
King George V Playing Fields, Furzefield Woods and Lower Halfpenny Bottom Local Nature Reserve in Potters Bar. 12 ha with 1 route
It was built in 2006 and paid for by Hertsmere Borough Council, Living Spaces, Canada Life and the Potters Bar Rotary Club. It was extended with a bowl in 2009 thanks to the Tomer Allen-Price Memorial Fund and Potters Bar Carnival.
The facility is suitable for skateboarders, BMXers and in-line skaters and was developed in consultation with young people in Hertsmere, but we do ask that users wear appropriate protective clothing when using the facilities
The park is made up of three distinct areas providing informal opportunities such as dog walking and play through to organised sports games.
King George V Playing Fields contains two play areas, a skate park, community shelter and football pitches.
Furzefield Woods has been managed as a coppice with standard trees for over 300 years and Lower Halfpenny Bottom, once the route of a drovers track is an important grassland and meadow.
Furze is an old name for gorse, still occasionally found on the site.
The 'halfpenny' may refer to a fee charged to allow livestock to graze the meadow - although don't worry, you won't get charged for visiting!
In 1998 Hertsmere Borough Council designated the site as a Local Nature Reserve under Section 21 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.
Both Furzefield Wood and Lower Halfpenny Bottom are designated as ‘Wildlife Sites’ by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and Biological Records Centre. The designation is recognition of the sites ‘substantive nature conservation value’.
There is free car parking within the Furzefield Leisure Centre car park or by Crusaders Football Club clubhouse, accessed off of Mutton Lane, EN6 3BW. Directions here
There are good links to the park from other recreational facilities and local comunities. A Public Footpath (PB15) runs along the side of the stream, and connects the site with the wider countryside.
Furzefield Greenway running the length of the site is proposed, subject to planning approval (the park is green belt land).