Work to begin on Hitchin’s Smithson’s recreation ground after people power changes plans

Campaigners pictured on Smithson's Rec at the time of the protest.

Campaigners pictured on Smithson's Rec at the time of the protest. - Credit: Archant

Work on the landscaping of Smithson’s Recreation Ground in Hitchin is due to start next week.

Groundwork Herts, on behalf of North Herts District Council, refined initial plans after a community protest, with the revised outcome including a new planting scheme, path resurfacing, extra seating, and moving fencing to improve access.

Councillor Jane Gray, the district council’s executive member for leisure, said: “Even though the play equipment is not being updated, the landscaping will be a welcome improvement and we can’t wait to see the end result.”