1998 Best Kept Village Competition
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