Special Projects

We undertake a wide variety of projects to maintain and develop the ecosystem of the Forest and our outlying Greens.

mapping the root system

Mapping the roots of an ancient oak

Can you guess how far the roots of an ancient oak extend out?

a general view of Woodside Green with Wall Wood

Restoring Woodside Green

Thanks to the support of the People’s Postcode Lottery, we’re delighted to announce ambitious plans to restore an open area of pasture at Woodside Green to the vibrant, wildlife-rich parkland it would have been 100 years ago.

Bluebells in Blake's Wood

Restoring Wall Wood

Wall Wood is part of the Hatfield Forest National Nature Reserve and has been suffering from over-grazing for many years. The restoration project aims to keep deer out of the woodland to give the wood a chance to recover and thrive once again.

ancient hornbeams by the approach road

Vulnerable hornbeams in Hatfield Forest

We have a trio of ancient hornbeams in the forest that are being impacted by a lot of feet on their roots. Together, we can look after these special trees for future generations to enjoy.

A pollarded tree in which the trunk has split to leave a sizeable gap

Restoring wood pasture

We have a long term project to restore some of our wood pasture to its former glory, and creating some new pollards.

A commemorative tree planted in a metal tree guard by Decoy Lake

Commemorative Trees

Would you like to have a commemorative tree planted at Hatfield Forest?

Lillies on the Decoy Lake, with Capability Brown inset

Big Brown Bash - restoring the Decoy Lake

Our volunteers had a Bash around the Decoy Lake.