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2023 Zoom AGM and Talk from Jim Cannon co-author of the 1977 book 'The Nicky Line'.

The Friends of the Nickey Line AGM will be held on Zoom at 19.30 on 16th May. We shall send full details beforehand to members but please do put the date in your diary.

We shall be both privileged and delighted to welcome Friends member Jim Cannon, co-author of the 1977 book 'The Nicky Line', to give a talk on the early history of the Line. This should be an exceptionally interesting evening, uncovering the complex background to how our Line came into being and other versions didn't.

Do feel free to tell friends who share your interest in the Nickey Line about Jim's Talk. Non- Friends Members are welcome to attend the AGM and talk but will not be able to vote on matters arising in the AGM itself which will be held before the talk. Email if you are not a member and wish to listen into the talk so we can send you the Zoom details.

Volunteer Work Parties

Volunteer Work Party dates for Winter 2023

Please note these dates for our volunteer work parties for January to March next year.

More details will be loaded nearer the dates.

Thursday 5th January

Wednesday 18th January

Thursday 9th February

Thursday 23rd February

Thursday 9th March - Rearanged for Wednesday 15th March

Volunteer Work Party by Hunters Oak, Wednesday 15th March fróm 10am to 3pm


This is the work party originally arranged for Thursday 9th March.

Meet on the Nickey Line at 10am at the at the bottom of the ramp from the top end of Hunters Oak

For this, the last full work party of the winter season, the task will be working from the meet point towards the Three Cherry Tree Lane Bridge to the west, removing vegetation close to the path on both sides, whilst leaving the vegetation further back which screens the houses.

We will be also be removing ivy from trees close to the Nickey Line alongside the private woodland to lighten the path and  to expose the wood for path users to better appreciate.

We will supply tooling and safety equipment, and biscuits for the morning break, Wear stout shoes and appropriate clothing, and if you stay beyond 1pm, bring a packed lunch as well

Contact James on to confirm you will be coming



Improving the Nickey Line - the Friends contribution, Sunday 16 April 2023

Improving the Nickey Line - the Friends contribution, Sunday 16 April 2023

Over the last 16 years the Friends volunteers have contributed massively into how the Nickey Line looks today. This walk, starting at 10am from 5 Ways on the outskirts of Harpenden (where the path leading from Townsend Nursery meets the Nickey Line), will take us to Redbourn Lane and back (a distance of about 2 miles) passing created habitat and views, and recently revealed historical artefacts. 

Wear stout shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing

The walk will be limited to 14 persons in all. Book your place by contacting Roger on

Annual Butterfly Walk, Sunday 23 July 2023 at 10am

We will meet at 5 Ways on the Nickey Line, at the point where the track from Townsend Nursery meets the Nickey Line. The walk will take us down as far as the bottom end of Knott Wood and back, pasing some locations traditionally good for butterflies (as a result of our volunteers help in creating habitat areas). The walk is about 1 1/2 miles in all 

Wear stout foowear and appropriate clothing. Recommended to bring good binoculars if you have them,.

This walk is limited to 14 persons, so contact Roger on to book a place


Why not come along to one of our working parties and help with the management of the Nickey Line?

If you are interested, contact us with your details and we shall email you with future work parties

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