Northaw & Cuffley Parish Council

Leisure Facilities

About this page

We have listed various facilities within the Parish of Northaw and Cuffley. Some of these are managed and/or owned by the Parish Council, the others are owned and managed by their respective groups. The page is aimed to be informative about the area and lists the key areas and buildings of general interest. If there is something missing off of this page that you believe should be included please contact us and we will review your request for inclusion into the website.

Other areas of this website also cover the following: Churches, Halls, Youth Centre, Schools, Primary Health Care and the Library. Click on the names to visit the respective areas.

The map below is interactive, you can zoom in and out and search the map for the various landmarks and places listed on this page. Click on a symbol to find out what it is.

Northaw Great Wood


Post Code: EN6 4BQ. Situated Grid ref:  TL282040

This is one of Hertfordshire’s largest and most important oak woodlands and extends to approx. 300 acres lies to the west of Cuffley and can be freely explored (apart from a small amount of protected species areas). There are three different trials through the woodland (red, yellow and blue). A great diverse tree species and wildlife which include birds, small mammals, butterflies and insects.

Originally it was part of the ‘wood of Northaw’ back in the Norman period, when wild boar and deer roamed and were hunted. This area was as part of large area of the Northaw Common. After different uses in history, the land was finally purchased in 1937 jointly by the then London County Council and Hertfordshire CC for public enjoyment.

Today it is managed by Friends of the Great Wood who are always looking for willing volunteers who meet for about an hour monthly. See their website for more details:  Website: or on Facebook

The area is owned by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. The local Parish Council provides support for the volunteers who work in the wood.

Tolmers Scout Camp

Tolmers Activity Centre

Post Code: EN6 4JS

The land for Tolmers Scout Camp was first bought in 1939, at the beginning of the Second World War. There are 70 acres of pasture, and 30 acres of woodland. During the war, farmers moved onto the land, and used it for growing their crops. At the end of the war the Scout Association had a very hard job getting back the land, which still belonged to them. When the railway to Hertford was built, the bricks that were used for building Ponsbourne Tunnel were made on the site. There are still some remains of the kilns in the North-East corner of the site. On the site at Tolmers Scout Camp they have got climbing and abseiling facilities plus a climbing wall. The site is an independent site linked to the Hertfordshire and National Scout Movement.

1st Cuffley Scouts

Post Code: EN6 4LS

All sections (boys and girls 6-18) meet in our custom built buildings which are set in an acre of wooded land located at the end of Church Close, Cuffley.

Northaw Community Orchard


Situated in Northaw, the Community Orchard is a new project which provides a wonderful outdoor space for residents to use and enjoy 24/7. The site is on two fields and has nearly 80 fruit and nut trees including apples, pears, plums, cherries, quinces, medlars, cobnuts and walnuts.  The fields were prepared and planted in 2014/15 so the trees are still young but have grown well and should be fruiting soon! As well as fruit and nut trees, the orchard has large expanses of wildflower meadows, wonderful in the spring, native hedging and woodland, and a willow plantation with 17 varieties of willow. The larger field is a Local Nature Reserve because of its status of ‘unimproved pasture’, a valuable habitat in the Hertfordshire and we also have an apiary to provide bees for pollinating our fruit crop.

The Orchard is managed by Northaw Transition CIC, a not-for profit organisation which promotes sustainable living. Events so far have included Family Picnic days, Apple Days and Wassailing, together with courses and workshops on beekeeping, plant and fungus identification, yoga and pruning. Volunteers are very welcome to help with tasks in the Orchard, working in the outdoors and enjoying nature. During the summer the orchard has a yurt which is available for overnight stays and other activities, a marquee which can be hired and also a ‘Befriend-a-Tree’ scheme where you can adopt your very own tree.

The Orchard can be accessed from Church Lane next to the bungalows or from Northaw Road West between Nos. 47 and 49. For more details and to contact us, visit our website

Northaw Playing Fields


Post Code: EN6 4PB

Two entrances to this land (one in Church Lane and the other in Vineyards Road), the area has a small woodland area, a playground for children, plenty of space to run around in or play football. Also has a tennis court sized hardstanding for playing football should the ground be water logged. Well used by local residents. Owned and operated by the Parish Council as a Park and Open Space with Play Facilities.

King George V Playing Fields

King George V Playing Fields

Post Code: EN6 4RD

This body of land is held in trust and is open to the public for recreational activities. Northaw and Cuffley Parish Council manage the land which houses Northaw and Cuffley Tennis and Bowls clubs together with Cuffley Football Club. There is also a children’s playground area and an enclosed basketball court. Owned and operated by the Parish Council as a Field in Trust, but also we rent space to the Local Sports Clubs at a charitable rate.


Greenfields is a legacy item that was on the facilities page, however this page has now moved under leisure. So it is not appropriate that it shoud remain there. 


Post Code: EN6 4HW

Greenfields, South Drive Cuffley. This is a retirement/sheltered housing facility managed by Welwyn Garden City Housing Association with 37 units and resident management staff situated near KGV playing fields. Greenfields is owned by a Housing Association.