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Tim Harris's Proposal for Aldenham Country Park

  1. 1. Aldenham Country Park<br />Proposal for Lease<br />Submitted by: Tim Harris<br />Date: April 2011<br />
  2. 2. Introduction … what's on offer<br />Public Access<br />Rare Breeds Farm<br />The Park<br />Clock Tower Kiosk<br />Events Field<br />Office, Staffroom & Classroom Buildings<br />Farm Bungalows<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Tim Harris<br />With more than two decades of operational and management experience, Tim Harris has developed a sharp eye for business. He has been involved in the owning and running of a number of successful businesses.<br />Tim is a practiced negotiator and commercially astute. As an entrepreneur he built the East Lodge Antiques Village in Botany Bay, Enfield where for more than 10 years he owned and managed the business. The village included a children’s area, a Victorian museum, a children’s farmyard and acafé. The centre was also host to a number of outdoor events which included the Enfield Festival of Steam and Balloon Festival. These were all supported by the local community<br />Since 2004 Tim has been investing in both residential and commercial property and now has an extensive property portfolio and this is now his main business. The business is passive and Tim is seeking a new challenge to apply his extensive skill set to.<br />He is very personable and is able to negotiate complex relationships and implement creative and innovative solutions. He is a accomplished at maximizing success through influencing and utilizing partnerships.<br />
As an animal lover his personal collection includes Kune-Kune pigs, dogs and a wonderful pond full of koi carp.<br />3<br />
  4. 4. Vision – Mission Statement<br />To apply sustainable, best practice techniques to the management of Aldenham Park to provide:<br />A quality, safe environment for all to enjoy countryside recreation<br />Appropriate countryside facilities<br />To protect and improve the environment<br />To apply the following values in managing Aldenham Park:<br />A stimulating and safe environment in which to enjoy the countryside<br />Sound environmental principles with a presumption towards<br /> management to conserve the natural heritage<br />Working in partnership with local communities and other stakeholders<br />Equality – a commitment to all<br />Best value for money<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Aldenham Country Park what's on offer to today and what’s proposed.<br />Currently on offer<br />Proposed<br />Keep everything that is currently offered and look at the following ideas.<br />Introduction of an environmental education program, a rural skills center and agriculture museum.<br />Increase the awareness of the Rare Breeds Farm.<br />Upgrade the children’s adventure playground.<br />Consider the addition of a crazy golf course, ice rink and cross country skiing.<br />Include a Farm Shop – subject to planning permissions etc.<br />Put together a calendar of activities that run throughout the year.<br />Increase the opening hours especially in the summer months. There will be no changes made to the number of days the park is currently open.<br />Rare breeds farm including cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, Shire horses, poultry and rabbits.<br />Picnic areas, bird watching and barbecue areas. <br />Children's adventure and toddlers play areas.<br />"100 Aker Wood" is a recreation of all the features found in the stories of Winnie the Pooh. <br />Woodland walks, most walks are wheelchair friendly, but may be muddy depending on the time of the year. <br />5<br />
  6. 6. Public Access<br />The park will remain accessible to the public approximately 362 days a year and we will be looking to increase the number of hours that the park is open, especially during the summer months.<br />The following areas will be maintained <br />Car Park<br />Access to the refreshment kiosk in the car park<br />Access along the left side of the North Park and School Field, behind a fence, to The Avenues<br />Access along the edges of The Avenues<br />Access to 100 Acre Wood<br />Access to North & South Fields<br />Maintenance of access paths<br />Maintenance of 100 Acre Wood<br />Maintenance of toilets<br />Entry pricing to be managed<br />6<br />
  7. 7. Working with the Community<br />We are committed to supporting local people who would like to get more involved in Aldenham park.<br />We recognize that by working with the local community that we are likely to achieve a greater understanding of what local people want from Aldenham park. <br />By working together projects in the park will be more successful and sustainable, and that there will be more opportunities to make a real difference to the environment.<br />7<br />
  8. 8. ThePark<br />There is an ongoing conservation program creating a wildlife haven throughout the year. Spring and Summer brings the woodlands and meadows alive with wild flowers, shrubs, insects.<br />'Twitchers' and bird enthusiasts will be able to see swallows, meadow pipits, skylarks and waterfowl such as ducks and swans which can be seen on the lake.<br />To date this program has been wonderfully successful and it is our intention to continue with the good work.<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Rare Breeds Farm<br />Aldenham Park specializes in breeding rare livestock and is famous for its Aldenham Longhorn Cattle. Other rare breeds include Tamworth pigs, White-faced Woodland and Leicester sheep. <br />Those interested in the Knights of old may be interested in the herd of Bagot goats, it is thought they were brought back from the Crusades in the 13th Century... It is also suggested that they originate from a cross of feral goats native to this country. The animal enclosures also include; Shire horses, poultry and rabbits.<br />Aldenham Park is a long standing member of The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) which is a conservation charity, whose purpose is to secure the continued existence and viability of the UK’s native farm breeds. <br />Our aim would be to increase the awareness of this wonderful facility using a comprehensive marketing plan, that will appeal to both adults and children. There are over 1.5 million children in the local and surrounding areasand by working with the local authorities and The Children’s University ensure that the park becomes a destination for learning and education.<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Education Opportunities<br />Join CEVAS Scheme (page 11)<br />Register as Centre for Duke of Edinburgh Awards (page 12)<br />Become a part of the National Curriculum (page 14)<br />Create a Rural Skills Centre (page 24)<br />Courses – both day and evening<br />Lectures – evenings and weekends<br />Agriculture Museum (page 26)<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS)<br />CEVAS stands for Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme. It was established in 2003 to help farmers and growers ensure that schools are guaranteed safe and worthwhile visits to all kinds of farms.<br />Over 850 farmers have now passed through the scheme and are qualified. They are entitled to display the trained personnel logo that more and more schools are recognizing as the sign of a high quality visit and farm experience. <br />We believe that Aldenham Park would benefit by belonging to this accreditation scheme.<br />11<br />
  12. 12. Become a registered center for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme -Agriculture Activity<br />This activity gives the opportunity to increase knowledge, appreciation and the practical skills associated with crop and animal production, horticulture and many of the individual skills or techniques associated with farming. The list of possible avenues is extensive, for example, stockmanship, fencing techniques, machinery handling, sheep shearing, sheep dog handling as well as many of the country skills such as dry stone walling or hedge layering.<br />The programme of activity involve one or more of these key activities and will undoubtedly allow the development an understanding of life, culture and the skills associated with the rural community. This programme may be taken either as a member of a group or in conjunction with a mentor who will provide guidance and advice. Participants are encouraged to pursue the skill by joining one of the many rural clubs or societies; for example a young farmers club, a grassland club, an agricultural show society or a breed society, where they will be able to obtain advice, assistance and access to courses which may become part of their personal plan.<br />12<br />
  13. 13. One day outside the classroom … <br />Our aim is to provide children with an environment that allows them to create their own experiences. They can skate on our large eco-friendly skate rink or burn up energy learning how to Nordic ski on a trail through the Enchanted Forest. Alternatively, they can walk through the Enchanted Forest taking more time to experience the sights and sounds whilst completing interactive worksheets. <br />Children will not only be inspired by our unique environment and challenged by our activities but will be given the opportunity to partake in physical exercise, whilst benefitting from the fresh air and beauty of a country estate setting.
<br />Learning outside the classroom seeks to ensure that all children and young people experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of their learning and personal development. It is amazing what can be achieved in just one day outside the school.<br />13<br />
  14. 14. National Curriculum - Subjects<br />Aldenham Country Park could potentially become a great destination for schools by offering a range of environmental education programs which are specifically linked to the national curriculum. <br />There are 671,000 children in local and surrounding areas and 848,000 children aged 5 – 14 in London. See page 21 for population figures.<br />14<br />
  15. 15. Environmental Education Programs<br />AldenhamCountry Park will offer a range of environmental education programs which can be used to allow hands on experience for pupils. These have been specifically linked to the National Curriculum. <br />Pond Dipping<br />Minibeasts<br />Habitats<br />Orienteering and using a map<br />Den Building<br />Land Art<br />Kites<br />Growth & Movement<br />15<br />
  16. 16. Pond Dipping<br />Pond dipping is conducted from a specially built platform. All the necessary equipment is provided and this activity allows the children to experience the handling of live specimens, direct observation of the types of invertebrates and plant species that live in a freshwater ecosystem.<br />National Curriculum links:
Interpreting data
Food chains
Handling living things responsibly
Taking responsibility <br />16<br />
  17. 17. Minibeasts<br />Using different locations around the park including light and shade, dry and damp conditions, comparisons are made using appropriate equipment. A huge variety of wildlife can be discovered and magnified in this fascinating world.<br />National Curriculum links:
Looking for and observing
Comparing two or more habitats
Using quadrants
Interpreting data
Using methods of recording data
Recalling information and data
Food chains
Responsible handling of living things <br />17<br />
  18. 18. Habitats<br />On a ranger led guided walk around the park children will learn to discover an array of different habitats, many of which will have gone unnoticed in the past. Suddenly their environment will have a new exciting purpose and meaning.<br />National Curriculum links:
Respecting the local environment
Food chains
Caring for our world
Caring for the our local environment
Knowledge of where we live <br />18<br />
  19. 19. Orienteering & Using a Map<br />Using photographs of the park the children are able to navigate their way around the park. Follow up work in the classroom enables the children to translate their journey onto a map and create the necessary key.<br />National Curriculum links:
Understanding and interpreting data
Following simple instructions
Recalling information and instruction
Understanding of local places
Simple fieldwork skills
Devising keys <br />19<br />
  20. 20. Den Building<br />During this activity the class is divided into small closely supervised groups. The den building takes place in a regularly managed and assessed area for safety. This activity can be altered to fit in with both habitats and, in a more in depth and structured way, shelters. Both are hugely rewarding and fun for the participants.<br />National Curriculum links:
Suitability for purpose, warm, protection, hide from the enemy, sun/shade
Location, geology
Building materials
Links in with materials unit
Sensory <br />20<br />
  21. 21. Land Art<br />There are many opportunities throughout the day to include art and sculpture. Using natural materials the children are able to use their imagination to create 2 and 3D interpretations on their day in the park.
<br />National Curriculum links:
Looking at patterns, shapes and textures from the Natural world. 
Fits in with the unit Mother Earth.
Map sticks
Sculpture<br />21<br />
  22. 22. Kites<br />If you thought that building a kite that actually flies a bit of a challenge come and try ours. They are simple to make and the method will stay with you forever.<br />National Curriculum links:
Energy sources
Renewable energy
Following instructions 
Working with others
Design <br />22<br />
  23. 23. Growth & Movement<br />Using a variety of teaching methods including drama the day covers many aspects of the curriculum in an interesting and informative way.<br />National Curriculum links:
Life processes
Nutrition & reproduction in plants
Seed formation
Seed dispersal – mime dramatization
Germination<br />23<br />
  24. 24. Traditional Rural Trades and Crafts<br />We would like to become a Rural Skills Centre where traditional rural trades are taught and demonstrated. Our aim would be to gradually develop an annual program offering a wide variety of courses and lectures to include subjects such as; wood craft, metal work, thatching, hurdle making, basket weaving and stained glass.<br />24<br />
  25. 25. Population in and around surrounding areas<br />25<br />
  26. 26. Agriculture Museum<br />Create a museum which is a fascinating collection of artifacts, photographs and documents that relate to the long and illustrious history associated with agriculture.<br />Beginning with simple hand tools and practices that would have been used by the earliest settlers, the museum will take visitors on a historical journey through the way that agriculture has changed, up to the modern day.<br />The museum would be dedicated to preserving this heritage which represents the diverse topic of farming and rural culture. <br />Create a multi dimensional interactive experience, by using modern touch technology for displaying information.<br />Its about engaging not entertaining.<br />26<br />
  27. 27. Together with quiet informal recreation a number of themed days will also be on offer.Below is a selection of current ideas.<br />Mother’s Day<br />Easter – eggciting antics<br />New additions in the farm – e.g. lambing week. <br />Nature Walks<br />Dawn Chorus mornings<br />Stroll at Sunrisemornings<br />Astronomy Nights<br />Parents and Toddlers coffee and cake drop<br />May Day<br />Fitness Days<br />Dog Show<br />Poetry Café<br />Book Sale<br />Teddy Bears Picnic<br />Understanding Birds<br />Kite Flying<br />Bluebell or Flower Days<br />Maypole Dancing<br />27<br />
  28. 28. Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Aldenham Park, special event days are packed with entertainment and interest for all the family.<br />Classic Car Rallies<br />Car Boot Sales<br />Balloon Festival<br />Steam Fair<br />Christmas Market <br />Summer Fairs<br />Farmers Market<br />Theatre in the Woods<br />Ice Rink<br />Nordic Ski Trail<br />Halloween & Fright Nights<br />Christmas Treasure Hunts<br />Craft Fair<br />Enchanted Forest<br />28<br />
  29. 29. Classic Car Rallies<br />Aldenham Park is a great venue for holding Classic Car Rallies. <br />Aldenham is in easy reach of major motorways, and main roads.<br />There are acres of flat, even fields to park the cars, and to set up stalls, marquees, caravans, whatever you need for a Classic Car Rally.<br />Guests can take their time to relax in a stress-free environment, browse around, have a picnic, perhaps take a walk around the lake.<br />29<br />
  30. 30. Craft fair<br />30<br />
  31. 31. Halloween & Fright Nights<br />31<br />Come along in your scariest Halloween costume and if you dare, take a haunted walk through Halloween Hollow or find your way out of the Enchanted Forest, be prepared to be scared!<br />
  32. 32. Steam Fair<br />32<br />
  33. 33. Christmas Market<br />33<br />It's hard to beat a traditional Christmas market for festive spirit. Enthusiastic vendors peer out from gingerbread-house stalls, lit by fairy lights and topped with snow, and sell arts, crafts, children's toys, candles, textiles, and delicious food and drink.<br />Christmas markets originated in Germany still the spiritual home of the "Christkindlmarkt" – but their ever-increasing popularity has led to several countries introducing their own versions and Aldenham Park will have their own version. <br />The whole experience is enhanced by live music, dancing and Nativity plays, coupled with the evocative aromas ofGlühwein, sausages and roast chestnuts.<br />
  34. 34. Enchanted Forest<br />34<br />
  35. 35. Theatre in the Woods<br />35<br />An outdoor performance in the woods for all the family to enjoy. Takes you on a mystical interactive journey through the Enchanted Forest at Aldenham Park.<br />
  36. 36. Ice Skating Rink<br />36<br />
  37. 37. Nordic Cross Country Skiing Trail<br />37<br />
  38. 38. Clock Tower Kiosk<br />The Clock Tower Kiosk is currently let to Beckfords Ltd. until 29 September 2015.<br />The kiosk provides a range of refreshments to include selling hot and cold drinks, cakes, ice creams, etc. –<br />The kiosk is open weekends and daily from Easter until the end of October 10.30 a.m. to closing time of the park.<br />38<br />
  39. 39. Social Networking Sites<br />Use social networking sites to keep information about the park and what’s going on relevant and up to date.<br />Facebook<br />Twitter<br />Post regular videos of what's been going on<br />You Tube<br />39<br />
  40. 40. Aldenham Park how to get there<br />40<br />For Satnavusers: Aldenham Country Park, Aldenham Road, Elstree, Herts. WD6 3BA (This will take you to approx. 400m from the entrance to the park).<br />By Road: Drive towards Radlett, Borehamwood, Elstree, Bushey area via the M25 (J21), M1 (J5) A41 (come off at roundabout with A411 Elstree Road), or A1 (M) (J23 with M25). Look for the signs on nearby roads. The Park entrance is off Aldenham Road.<br />By Tube / Rail: Alight at Edgware Station (Tube - Northern Line), Alight at Elstree & Borehamwood Station (train - First Capital Connect).<br />By Bus: No. 107 to Elstree Village from the above stations. No. W7 and W9 (Mon-Sat) and W9 (Sun and Bank Holidays) from Watford Junction railway station and Borehamwood railway station.<br />