Symonds Green


A reminder of the times, the woman’s walking-aid trolley suggests she may be in a vulnerable to Covid-19 category and her face mask in open air, indicate her concern. She’s sitting on a park bench in Symonds Green, one of the greens subsumed by Stevenage.

Unlike Fishers Green (see an earlier post) a few hundred yards up the road, Symond’s Green has retained something of its earlier character. The remaining green space is surrounded by trees, the grass was uncut, allowing wild flowers to grow. A couple of almost dry ponds claim to support amphibian life.

And there’s a pub on the green, closed by lock down when we passed although the local paper says the brewery promised it would reopen. Behind an embankment, A1M traffic roars past.


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