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1998 Best Kept Village Competition

19th of September 1998

Some of the comments made by the judges following their visit to Chipperfield
1. Trees, hedges, walls, fences, verges, residential properties, roads, gardens and outbuildings:
Favourable: Gardens lovely throughout; Scatterdells Park Caravan site lovely
Unfavourable: Some dog dirt on footways; a few weedy gutters; household rubbish dumped at the end of Croft Meadow
2. Open spaces, playing fields, allotments, ponds, footpaths
Favourable: Allotments very good; ponds promising; playing fields immaculate; school field very good; Croft Meadow play equipment good.
Unfavourable: Alien plants at Apostles Pond need control, as does erosion at margins.
3. Public and community buildings and their surroundings, village hail, school, bus shelters and telephone kiosks
Favourable: Village Hall and School very good; Youth Club much improved; bus shelters fine.
Unfavourable: Croft Lane telephone kiosk surrounded by litter; Village Hall grass needs a cut; Youth Club a bit messy at rear.
4. Exterior of places of worship, war memorial and burial grounds
Favourable: Churchyard lovely, graves well tended, wildlife encour aged; War Memorial good (improvement in hedge noted); Baptist Chapel lovely
Grass cuttings left under trees in churchyard
workshops, garages, advertising displays, notice boards Garden Centre good; lovely flowers at The Windmill; shops, inns, garage excellent; Church and Parish Council notice boards good
Unfavourable: Dacorum Borough Council notice boards have let Chipperfield down

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