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Woodland planting at Panshanger Park
Woodland planting at Panshanger Park

Volunteers help deliver £4 million of social impact generated by Tarmac sites across Hertfordshire

A NEW report from Tarmac reveals how Hertfordshire’s communities have benefitted from £4 million of social impact generated by the company’s sites across the county.

The report, titled ‘Creating social impact in Hertfordshire’, was unveiled at this year’s Hertfordshire County Show. It shines a light on the positive impact the business has created for people, planet and place across Hertfordshire in 2023 and provides a framework for how Tarmac will continue to operate responsibly in the future.


As main sponsors of the County Show, Tarmac’s marquee hosted a range of activities for children, and was an opportunity to learn more about the company and what its operations bring to Hertfordshire. This included a focus on how the business is restoring former industrial sites into vibrant green spaces, such as Panshanger Park and Waterford Heath, where it is enhancing biodiversity and ensuring natural spaces are accessible for the community.

With 2024 marking the 10th anniversary of the opening of Panshanger Park to the public, an estimated 5,165h were donated by volunteers last year alone, an army of supporters who maintain the landscape in partnership with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) and Hertfordshire County Council.

In honour of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 17,341 trees and shrubs were also planted at the park to create the new Queen’s Wood. The planting of the woodland would not have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of volunteers, including local schools, residents, businesses and community groups.

Further findings from the report find Tarmac’s wider operations across Hertfordshire have:

  • Generated £1.16 million social impact through giving local communities access to green space within 500m of their home

  • Provided eight local apprenticeships and employed 39 people

  • Contributed £40,200 social impact through mental and physical well-being support for local employees.

David McCabe, head of land development at Tarmac, said: ‘As a major landowner and business operating across Hertfordshire, we take our commitment to long-term stewardship very seriously and we are constantly striving for ways we can create better futures for communities across the county.

‘We believe carefully balancing economic growth with people, planet and place shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. Working in partnership with people and organizations across the county – and with our committed team of volunteers – we can achieve a balance which truly delivers for our community, environment and society.

‘We are so grateful to all the volunteers who have helped to get us to the 10th anniversary of Panshanger Park, they play a key role in helping us to maintain and enhance the important habitats found in the park. We felt the Hertfordshire Show was a great place to recognize all their hard work and publicly thank them for their support.’

Looking ahead to 2030, Tarmac have outlined ambitious goals to further reduce their carbon footprint, target a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions, and continue their investment in community infrastructure and local economies.

The social impact report follows Tarmac signing the Hertfordshire Growth Board’s Development Quality Charter, pledging commitments to master-planning and community engagement, incorporating social impact and environmental management systems into business models, and adhering to sustainability standards which exceed the minimum requirements set out in building regulations.

To download Tarmac’s report, ‘Creating social impact in Hertfordshire’, click here.


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