Hatfield Forest Heroes

The history of Hatfield Forest is associated with a number of significant figures who each had an impact on where we are today - our Forest Heroes - in no particular order: Lancelot "Capability" Brown, Oliver Rackham, Edward North Buxton, and members of the Houblon family - Jacob Houblon III, Laetitia Houblon, John Archer Houblon and Lady Alice Archer Houblon.

Extract from 1757 plan with inset of Capability Brown

Capability Brown and Hatfield Forest

We have recently uncovered exciting evidence that Capability Brown prepared a small scheme for altering the lake and lakeside area.

wood pasture at Takeley Hill

Oliver Rackham and Hatfield Forest

Find out more about the author of the classic work on Hatfield Forest - "The Last Forest"


Edward North Buxton 

The special nature of the forest was recognised nearly 100 years ago, when it was saved by a wonderful act of generosity by one of our earliest conservationists.

The reverse of the recently withdrawn £50 note showing Sir John Houblon

The Houblon family

The Houblon family owned Hatfield Forest for nearly two hundred years and were responsible for the lake and other landscape features in the central area.