Every Step Counts for events at Hatfield Forest

A very muddy track

While Hatfield Forest may look like other forests or woods you’ve visited, it’s actually a Site of Specific Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve, so there are steps we can all take to look after it and keep it special for everyone.

Why does Every Step Count?

Hatfield Forest dates back to medieval times and today it welcomes half a million people every year  – that’s twice as many as ten years ago and a lot of footsteps on muddy paths.
During the winter months, the grass on the paths wears away and the clay soil becomes compacted and waterlogged, resulting in some areas becoming a muddy mess. This has a serious impact for our much loved, ancient forest.

A special place

While Hatfield Forest may look like other forests or woods you’ve visited, it’s actually a Site of Specific Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve, so there are steps we can all take to look after it and keep it special for everyone.

Find out more about our Every Step Counts campaign and the challenges we’re currently facing at the forest.

What does this mean for our regular events?

We all love Hatfiled Forest and at certain times of the year we welcome you with some great activities and events. To keep up the great work we’ve all started with Every Step Counts, we've changed the format of some of our seasonal events which involve trails, to help the forest recover during the colder months (October to April).

You may noticed that we haven’t been running a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, our February half-term activities did not involve trails throughout the forest and at Christmas, we’ve been inviting you to come and sing carols by the campfire rather than walk through the forest.

Thank you for your support

It will take us a while to get there, but the more we can encourage you to come and see us in the warmer months (May to September), the better the forest can recover in the colder months (October to April).