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Hertfordshire ( (listen) HART-fərd-sheer or -⁠shər; often abbreviated Herts) is one of the home counties in southern England. It borders Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire to the north, Essex to the east, Greater London to the south, and Buckinghamshire to the west. For government statistical purposes, it forms part of the East of England region.

Hertfordshire covers 634.366 square miles (1,643.00 km2). It derives its name – via the name of the county town of Hertford – from a hart (stag) and a ford, as represented on the county's coat of arms and on the flag. Hertfordshire County Council is based in Hertford, once the main market town and the current county town. The largest settlement is Watford.

Since 1903 Letchworth has served as the prototype garden city; Stevenage became the first town to expand under post-war Britain's New Towns Act of 1946.

In 2013 Hertfordshire had a population of about 1,140,700, with Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Watford and St Albans (the county's only city) each having between 50,000 and 100,000 residents. Welwyn Garden City, Hoddesdon and Cheshunt are close behind with around 47,000 residents.

Elevations are higher in the north and west, reaching more than 800 feet (240 m) in the Chilterns near Tring. The county centres on the headwaters and upper valleys of the rivers Lea and the Colne; both flow south, and each is accompanied by a canal. Hertfordshire's undeveloped land is mainly agricultural, with much of it protected by green-belt policies. Services have become the largest sector of the county's economy. Hertfordshire is well served with motorways and railways for access to London, the Midlands and the North.

Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]

Hedge Planting at Woodoaks Farm[edit | edit source]

Hedge Planting at Woodoaks Farm
Authors: The Soil Association Videos, Feb 10, 2022

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Watling Chase Community Forest[edit | edit source]

Watling Chase Community Forest is an area of 72 square miles located in north London and south Hertfordshire around the towns of Potters Bar, Radlett, Borehamwood and Barnet. It includes Aldenham Country Park, Scratchwood, Moat Mount Open Space and the Watling Chase Timberland Trail, a waymarked walk of 16 kilometres.

It was set up in 1991 and is one of twelve community forests in England set up to regenerate the countryside in and around urban areas. They are sponsored by Natural England and the Forestry Commission which work with local authorities and voluntary bodies to manage them.

Heartwood Forest

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Woodoaks Farm, Growing Together, added 16:46, 9 March 2022 (UTC)

Social inclusion[edit | edit source]

Meet Local Social
Authors: Community Catalysts, Jun 22, 2022

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Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]


  • The Ridgeway
  • Icknield Way
  • Grand Union Canal Walk
  • Harcamlow Way
  • Hertfordshire Way
  • Hertfordshire Chain Walk

Waterways: Wikipedia: Canals in Hertfordshire (category)

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Events[edit | edit source]


Nov 25 "What can we do about air pollution in St Albans?", public meeting


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February 27 Eco Fair and Seed Swap


November 21 - 28 Sustainable St Albans Week see also: video

Maps[edit | edit source]

Honey Map, Herts Bees

Video[edit | edit source]


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News and comment[edit | edit source]


Second St Albans Sustainability Week proves district is keen to keep it green, Dec 2[1]


Network St Albans should be copied around the country,[2] April 20

Blogs[edit | edit source]

Green St Albans, thoughts from St Albans' first Green Councillor

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See also[edit | edit source]

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External links[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Hertfordshire

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