The Batchwood Estate is owned by St Albans City and District Council, and the leisure facilities there are managed on their behalf by 1Life. It consists of the golf course, the tennis and leisure centre, the Batchwood Bowls Club and Batchwood Hall. As from mid-December 2020, the Hall has been taken over by the NHS as a Covid-19 vaccination centre.
Within the area of the golf course there is an 11-acre wood, which is largely managed by Friends of Batchwood on a voluntary basis.
The wood is a bluebell wood, usually at its best in this respect in April and early May. As well as bluebells, there are a number of plant species present, such as dog’s mercury and archangel [yellow deadnettle] which are indicator species for ancient woodland.
Batchwood is also one of the few sites in Hertfordshire where the parasitic plant toothwort can be found, usually in May.
A survey conducted by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Consultancy in 2007 identified 25 species of birds and 98 species of plants and trees.