Garston, Hertfordshire

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Garston is located in Hertfordshire
 Garston shown within Hertfordshire
Population 20 '417 (ONS Census 2001)
OS grid reference TL116002
District Watford
Shire county Hertfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WATFORD
Postcode district WD25
Dialling code 01923
Police Hertfordshire
Fire Hertfordshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Watford
List of places

Coordinates: 51°41′20″N 0°23′04″W / 51.6889°N 0.3845°W / 51.6889; -0.3845

Garston is a village in Hertfordshire, England, contiguous with Watford and now, despite retaining a local identity, effectively a suburb. It is within the Stanborough, Woodside and Meriden wards of the borough of Watford, although a small number of its streets are in Hertsmere.

Watford's main out-of-town leisure park, Woodside Leisure Park, is in Garston on the A405 Kingsway road. It features a Vue cinema, Hollywood Bowl 10-pin bowling lane, two restaurants -- Chiquito, Frankie & Benny's and Gambado's an indoor children activity centre. About half of Garston Park is a Local Nature Reserve.

Garston is home to the British Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and the West Herts Crematorium at Garston is the principal facility for non-burial funerals in the West Hertfordshire area, serving Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) is on Bucknalls Lane, Garston, just on the border with Bricket Wood.

Stanborough Motors has been located on the corner of St Albans Road & Sheepcot Lane since 1961. Now trading as, it has become one of the largest independent commercial vehicle dealerships in London and the south of England, holding over 200 vehicles in stock.

Garston is home to several large secondary schools serving the broader Watford area. The largest of these are St. Michael's Catholic High School, Parmiter's School and Francis Combe Academy.

Churches of several denominations serve the Garston area. All Saints serves the Anglican populace and Our Lady and St. Michael serve the Roman Catholic population. The church of the Nazarene on Woodside serves the watford area with one of the countries' largest Nazarene churches.

It also has its own railway station, as well as an Arriva bus garage.