Fallen Tree at Heartwood Forest

A message from the Woodland Trust:

‘A tree has blown down across the bridleway between the Scout hut and the first entrance to Langley Wood. Please do not try to scramble through the tree, take an alternative route. The Woodland Trust are aware of the situation and have organised for the tree to be cleared tomorrow (Thursday 20th)’.

Thank you.


There are still some places available on the two-hour yoga workshop at Heartwood Forest at 10:30am on Sunday September 9th.

Run by Woodland Yoga, participants will undertake energising and nurturing yoga practices, chanting, breathing exercises and meditation, all while experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of a native British woodland.

No previous yoga experience is necessary, although a willingness to be outside in all weathers is essential. Participants will need to bring a yoga mat and blanket for meditation.

The Woodland Yoga session costs £20 per person, with the cost of a ticket helping to fund the Woodland Trust’s efforts to plant and protect trees and wood across the UK.
Buy your ticket at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/yoga . Please note, booking is essential.

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On Saturday 29th September 2018 Heartwood Forest will once again be welcoming Oxfam for their 23rd annual fundraising hike. Walkers can take on distances of 3, 5, 8, 15 or even 20 miles in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside to raise money for various Oxfam water projects. This will be the “Oxfam Walk for Water 2018” (the successor to the hugely successful Herts Hike). All routes are circular & start & end at Heartwood Forest.

Registration for the walk is FREE & the event is entirely run by volunteers, meaning every penny raised goes directly to Oxfam. You can now register to walk or volunteer on the website www.oxfamstalbans.org.  Alternatively, you can contact them at oxfamstalbans1@gmail.com.

There will be a guided walk of the 8 mile route (through Wheathampstead) which will leave at 10.30am, so if you would like to make friends along the way, please feel free to join up.

In the UK we take clean, safe water out of our taps for granted, but in so many other countries it’s not like that. People who use unsafe river water for drinking suffer a high risk of disease. In addition, the journeys to collect water are dangerous; women and girls may get attacked whilst on their way. The hours spent in walking represent time lost from school, working and caring for families. Just as important as clean drinking water are adequate toilets. You can see more about the work Oxfam does on water & where your money will go on the website www.oxfamstalbans.org .

Oxfam 2018

Nature Detectives LIVE is coming to Heartwood Forest. Join us for a puzzling woodland whodunnit, plus tons of hands-on activities including tree tracking, bug hunting and badge making.

Are you ready to solve a wild mystery? The animals have gathered for a picnic in the woods, but a huge hazelnut cake has gone missing! It’s been eaten and all that’s left is a pile of crumbs. Nature Detective, we need you to solve the case and track down the cake-eating culprit. As part of your investigation you’ll get the chance to build a mini den, try whittling, hunt for minibeasts and make a badge to take home.

This family event is a great chance to get up close to wildlife and discover some of the creatures that live at Heartwood. The adventures are suitable for young explorers under 13. And dogs on leads are welcome too, woof woof!

Pre-booking is essential.

For booking information, please go to:  https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/blogs/nature-detectives-blog/2018/07/nature-detectives-live-heartwood-forest/

HWND poster

If you are interested in Yoga, why not come along to a special Woodland Yoga session at Heartwood Forest on Sunday 9th September? For further details or to find out how to book, please see the poster below.

Please note, booking is essential.

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Gazebos are starting to go up at Heartwood, ready for tomorrow’s Summer Festival (Saturday 7th July, 11am-4pm). Why not come along to help Heartwood Forest celebrate its 10th birthday?

Entry on the day has been reduced to £5 (with under 12’s going free) due to the cancellation of the Dog Show.

There is still plenty going on, though! Have a look at the website for further details.




A decision has been made to cancel the Dog Show, Hay Bale Run and Doggy Dash at the Heartwood Festival on Saturday (7th July 2018). This is due to the hot weather that we are currently experiencing.

Should you choose to bring your dog with you, shelter and water will be provided for dogs in order to help with the health and welfare of your animals.

All other activities will still be going ahead.


Heartwood programme 2018