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Sophie Hewitt
1st January 2024

It’s a fresh year, full of fresh ambition, and we don’t know about you, but this year’s resolutions are all about small steps to help take care of our planet. So, we’re sharing our top tips for being more sustainable in 2024. With so many local makers, producers and independent shops, it’s easy to leave a lighter footprint in Hertfordshire. Read on and discover our top tips and ideas that won’t cost the planet.

And while you’re out and about, don’t forget the simple steps, like taking public transport, or even bringing along your own reusable water bottle with apps like Refill. 

Bee hive

Beekeeping at Hatfield Park

Did you know that according to the bee experts of the United Nations, a third of the world’s food production is dependent on bees, making them an important part of the biodiversity we depend on for survival. Hatfield Park’s beekeeping experiences offer the chance to get up close and learn about the secret lives of these important creatures. Learn about their lifecycle, their roles and meet these busy friends as you inspect the hive. The perfect starter for anyone hoping to start keeping their own bees to help contribute to the welfare of the planet.

Auberge du Lac

We told you it was going to be easy to leave a lighter footprint in Hertfordshire, didn’t we? But we bet you didn’t anticipate it would be as easy as having a delicious meal in a fine dining restaurant. Brocket Hall is home to the Auberge du Lac restaurant where Head Chef, John Barber dishes up some of the finest local produce around. The menu is packed with delicious dishes crafted from organic ingredients and the seasonal fresh veg responsibly grown using the no-dig method by Head Gardener, Lucy Hawkins mere metres from the restaurant. Soil to plate dining at its finest!

Tewinbury Cookery School

Part of being more sustainable has got to include knowing where our food has come from, and what better way to do that than by learning to cook for ourselves? At Tewinbury Cookery School you’ll learn to create food that’s fresh and sustainable, using ingredients grown right on site in their own organic gardens, or from the best local suppliers. Whether you fancy a half day session, or a full day class, you’ll be able to get hands on with full culinary training and a certificate.

Ashridge House

So in Hertfordshire one of the easiest ways to be more sustainable is by eating fab local food and drink? We can certainly do that. Book up a table at Acres Restaurant at Ashridge House and you’ll be treating yourself to a delicious meal of seasonal produce, sourced from local farmers, plus their very own herbs and vegetables fresh from the garden. What’s more, each of their chefs has received sustainable food training to ensure they’re taking steps to ensure the food you eat has as low an environmental impact as possible.

Home Farm Glamping

Part of taking those sustainable steps has got to be an appreciation of the natural environment, so we recommend an escape to Home Farm Glamping, your chance to surround yourself in nature and truly disconnect. Stay in your very own luxurious yurt or bell tent, surrounded by 150 acres of countryside, perfect for a woodland wander and the chance to explore the rare and beautiful reserves in Hertfordshire.

Farmers Markets

Remember when we mentioned supporting local? With its many market towns, Hertfordshire is blessed with a whole array of farmers markets. Discover some of our favourites and pick up the freshest local produce, treats and more, perfect for sourcing ingredients for your top home-cooked meals.

Independent shopping

But why stop at local food? Hertfordshire’s many towns boast boutiques, quaint stores, art galleries and even independent wine shops that are bursting with hidden gems and the kind of bespoke gifts you simply wouldn’t be able to find online! If you're unsure of where to start, get those baskets at the ready because your trusty Visit Herts team has your retail therapy covered...


Those small sustainable steps have got to include ditching the car and taking to two wheels. With so much countryside right on our doorstep, Hertfordshire is blessed with fantastic cycle routes, so you can explore those gorgeous natural landscapes along canal paths and woodland trails, witness our wonderful wildlife, all while knowing you’re doing your bit to help protect their natural habitats.

Sustainable breaks

Fancy a getaway? We’ve got a whole host of short breaks ideas to help you plan your escape. With ideas including small eco-conscious accommodation, food and drink top tips and the best spots to shop for local produce, we’ve got your next sustainable break wrapped up.

Walking days out

With our easy train links from London and beyond, it’s never been simpler to leave the car behind and enjoy a day out or short breaks in Hertfordshire. These walking breaks rely on nothing but public transport and your two feet. Take the train, hop off and explore one of our top attractions, enjoy lunch in a cosy pub and then hop back on the train – perfect when lunch includes sampling Hertfordshire’s local brews.