The Wick Local Nature Reserve
Hang on a minute, what's this website about?
Anyway, this site is here to do the following:
To let you know where The Wick is, in case you don't already
To colate the many reviews The Wick receives and remind you of The Rules of The Wick
To generally stand up for The Wick and remind people about what Sir Arthur intended when he handed the land over. Quick reminder:
‘To keep the land in its wild state, as nature made it’. Got that? Good. St Albans and District Council seem to be struggling to comply with it.
In February, 2023 works to resurface paths happened. Why? Because 'it gets muddy in rainy weather'. Yes, muddy. Who would have thought paths would get muddy in rainy weather? That's sort of the point of keeping it 'as nature made it' I'd have thought. Have a look for yourselve at a few before and after photos, admiteddly taken in different seasons, but you'll get the idea of what The Wick Looks Like Now versus pre-being interferred with right here.
Do you think Sir Arthur's request is being well and truly met? Let us know via the magic of The Wick's contact form right here or let us know by picking an answer from The Wild Wild Wick Survey also on that page.
What's that photo in the banner at the top of this page about? Is that a big wheel?
Good spot. Yes, it's an early draft (since developed) of the proposed Wick Wheel. More information is further down this page.
JULY 2023 UPDATE: We've launched our exciting DOGS OF THE WICK page along with a monthly (we're not saying WHICH months) competition, where you can win a lovely dog-friendly gift courtesy of our 2023 sponsor.
The Wick Heliport
This is the East Anglian Air Ambulance visiting The Wick in April, 2020. Would you like to be able to get a helicopter flight from The Wick? Ideally not in an air ambulance.
All we need is about £450,000* from SADC and we can pick up a perfectly airworthy late 1970s Bell Jet Ranger 206 that can carry 4 passengers up to about 350 miles.
*we reckoned probably a bit MORE money would be required for pilots, maintenance, insurance, hangarage, security and admin and then the inevitable legal costs. We did a few sums and decided it would be best to leave it.
Noise at The Wick
Complaints about noise from The Wick have already lead to SADC (or Friends of The Wick) stopping organised sports on The Wick by planting trees. I mean, we wouldn't want children persuing healthy activities if it disturbed people with massive gardens and big, detached houses would we? OH no.
Consequently we countered this action and raised 43 Noise Abatement Orders of our own:
22 Homewood Road addresses, 5 Marshal's Drive addresses (one address on Marshal's Drive got 5 (you know who you are) ) and 12 Marshalswick Lane addresses.
We introduced a big old Cow, a Highland Cow at that, to The Wick in early 2022 to see how she would settle in and how the locals responded.
To cut to the end: not well. Not well at all. The cow started building some sort of nest near the playground, but didn't ever stay in it herself. She had no interest in mingling with locals either.
Back to the highlands she went. Well, we saw her off as far as St Albans City Station, she was on her own from there. No idea why it says Anne Main at the top of this bit. None.
The Wick Wheel
We occasionally have brainstorming meetings, often in The White Hart Tap, where we discuss innovations that might benefit The Wick, such as a giant, London Eye-style, permanent big wheel.
This would not only provide enhanced views of The Wick, it would facilitate nebbing / nosing / peaking into the back gardens and windows of the millionaire's row that's Marshal's Drive. Or the millionaire's row that's Homewood Road. Or the millionaire's row that's Sandpit Lane. Or the millionaire's row that's Marshalswick Lane.
However, we realized it would attract people from miles around and at that point shelved the project at the engineering drawings stage, on the grounds that The Wick is a local Wick, for local people.