In spite of its international and local importance, the Forster Country had no sort of protected status and there were continual attempts to build on it. Since 1946, local people have been campaigning to save the Forster Country from development and to preserve it as a vital 'green lung' for north Stevenage.
In 1988, John Hepworth (retired geologist) and Margaret Ashby (writer & lecturer) both of whom had been campaigning to prevent development in the Forster Country, joined forces to form the Friends of the Forster Country (FoFC), with the aim -
"TO PRESERVE FOR ALL TIME THE OPEN GREEN SPACE TO THE NORTH OF STEVENAGE KNOWN AS THE FORSTER COUNTRY."
In the years since we have celebrated Forster Country in many ways. Every New Year we mark Forster’s birthday with a walk. Every year we aim for a new celebration alongside our AGM. The Forster Country Walk was opened at one.
When the current series of Newsletters started in 2003, a writer warned us that although Forster Country seemed safe, it could be different if the next twelve years were as bad as the previous twelve. Forster Country has been threatened during those 12 years and certainly we feel now in 2015 that Forster Country is in a more precarious position than ever.
Please join us now. Don't leave it until too late and bulldozers smash through OUR countryside.
As a Friend of the Forster Country you will receive regular newsletters and invitations to walks and events organised in support of our aim - To preserve for all time the open green space to the north of Stevenage known as the Forster Country.
Annual membership runs from 1st April to 31st March. Family membership and Individual membership are available at £10 or £7 respectively. A printable form is to be found by attached below. Alternatively, please contact the Treasurer, details below, with your address and contact details (including email address if you are happy for us to store it). Please make cheques payable to the Friends of the Forster Country.
Mrs Angela Hepworth
1, Gloucester Close
Stevenage SG1 3RQ