Hatfield Forest Conservation Management Plan
Our stewardship of this special place is guided by a conservation management plan, the present one covering the period 2015 - 2020. We have also commissioned a series of reports from various external experts which will feed into the next plan.
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The Historic Landscape Significance of Hatfield Forest
Professor Tom Williamson, Professor of Landscape History, University of East Anglia:
" What is clear is that Hatfield is the best-preserved forest landscape in England…without parallel elsewhere in England, and possibly Europe. The continuing survival of the complex mosaic of traditional management regimes…depends on the perpetuation of versions of archaic techniques, here practised on a uniquely extensive scale. This is a unique inheritance which deserves particular protection into the future "
Archaeological and Historic Landscape Survey
Maria Medlycott, Historic Environment Consultant, Place Services, Essex County Council
" Using a methodology developed for comparative analysis as part of the World Heritage Site evaluation: Hatfield Forest is the most complete and authentic survival of a medieval Forest. "
" Hatfield remains of outstanding value in the British cultural context, and probably in the worldwide cultural context too"
Portingbury Hills Environmental Archaeological Assessment Report
Quest, School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science, University Of Reading
Roman pottery from Hatfield Forest
Anna Doherty, UCL Archaeology South-East
For copyright reasons, only the first is available to download. If you would like to see a copy of any of the others, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also be interested in reading:
The Last Forest - The Story of Hatfield Forest
Oliver Rackham, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
J M Dent, London, 1989; ISBN: 0 460 04736 1 (hardcover) and ISBN 0 460 86089 5 (paperback); and
Phoenix, London, 1998; ISBN: 0 753 80525 1 (paperback)
Although first published nearly 30 years ago, this remains the definitive account of the forest, covering both its history and natural history.
There is more about Oliver Rackham in this article.