What the experts think


We have commissioned a range of reports from external experts to help guide our long term management of the forest.  These will give you a good insight into the issues which face us. In addition, we have provided a copy of our current conservation management plan.

The Historic Landscape Significance of Hatfield Forest

Dr Tom Williamson, Professor of Landscape History, University of East Anglia

The Historic Landscape Significance of Hatfield Forest (PDF / 0.3MB) download

" 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 "
- Professor Tom Williamson

Archaeological and Historic Landscape Survey

Maria Medlycott, Historic Environment Consultant, Place Services, Essex County Council

Archaeology and Historic Landscape survey (PDF / 3.89453125MB) download

" 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. "
- Maria Medlycott
" Hatfield remains of outstanding value in the British cultural context, and probably in the worldwide cultural context too"
- Maria Medlycott

Portingbury Hills Environmental Archaeological Assessment Report

Quest, School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science, University Of Reading

Portingbury Hills Assesment Report (PDF / 0.8232421875MB) download

Roman pottery from Hatfield Forest

Anna Doherty, UCL Archaeology South-East

Hatfield Forest Roman pottery report (PDF / 0.2080078125MB) download

The Last Forest  - The Story of Hatfield Forest

Oliver Rackham, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

published by J M Dent, London, 1989; ISBN: 0 460 04736 1 (hardcover);

Pheonix, London, 1998; ISBN: 0 753 80525 1 (paperback)

The definitive account of the forest, covering both the history and natural history.

Internal reports

You may also be interested in reading our conservation management plan for the forest, for 2015 - 2020.

Hatfield Forest Conservation Plan 2015 - 2020

HF Conservation Plan 2015 - 2020 (PDF / 2.3MB) download

This is a compressed file and the quality of the images has suffered in the compression process.  If you would like to view a high resolution version, please e-mail: hatfieldforest@nationaltrust.org.uk