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Friends of the Nickey Line have closed our usage survey. Many thanks to everyone who sent in counts or feedback. Any counts made but not sent in? - please let us have them as soon as possible.

We shall publish the summary report when it's ready.


Dave Abernethy


Nickey Line seeing the highest usage ever thanks to the lockdown

The Nickey Line appears to be seeing the highest usage ever thanks to the lockdown and recent good weather. We in Friends of the Nickey Line have done a couple of spot counts of usage to check our impressions of exceptional usage and levels do seem to be higher than our record count of July 13 of over 4000 uses in a week. Great to see you all out there!

NB We do appeal to everyone to keep social distances apart - we suggest you stick to one side of the Line to give others maximum space and don't walk more than 2 abreast likewise.

Nickey Line users at 5 Ways during lockdown


Bartlett Tree Experts, who have been commissioned by the Forestry Commission to deal with OPM infected trees, have sprayed suspect trees on the NIckey Line by 5 Ways (extension of Townsend Lane)

Treatment (spraying) involves 2 /3 visits, the next one due in about 2 weeks time. We understand OPM has been spreading northwards in Hertfordshire, that this is the furthest north it has been reported in the county, and that Bartlett have been dealing with ‘hundreds’ of reports.

OPM caterpillars can be found in oak trees, where they feed on oak leaves, causing significant damage. They travel in nose-to-tail processions (hence their name), often arrow-headed, with a leader followed by rows of several caterpillars abreast. They are a human irritant because of their venomous setae (hairs), which can cause skin irritation and asthma.


Facebook Group "The Nickey Line”

Our Facebook Group “The Nickey Line”  is available for all Nickey Line users to publish pictures, comments and stories about the Line.

Why not join the group today and add your favourite photos and stories?

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