Special Projects

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

a general view of Woodside Green with Wall Wood

Restoring Woodside Green

We have exciting plans to restore the late nineteenth century parkland appearance of Woodside Green thanks to the People's Postcode Lottery.

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.

new fencing around a compartment in Beggarshall coopice

Coppicing in Hatfield Forest

Have you ever wondered about how we manage our coppices?

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 signal crayfish from the lake at Hatfield Forest

Crayfish Project

We have some unwelcome visitors to the lake which are driving out the native crayfish

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.