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Heartwood Forest parkrun is on a break

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

I’m sure you will all agree that Heartwood Forest is a beautiful place for a parkrun. Every week we are honoured to run, jog or walk through the young forest, admiring some of the best views of Hertfordshire.

Due to recent inclement weather, the conditions of some of the paths have unfortunately started to deteriorate and now need time to recover. The Woodland Trust and Heartwood Forest parkrun have therefore come to the joint decision to suspend parkrun at Heartwood Forest from late January until Spring. The last parkrun until spring-time was on the 20th January.

Heartwood Forest parkrun would like to thank the Woodland Trust for their support for parkrun. They do a fantastic job of maintaining this incredible place, and we share their view that the health of the forest is of utmost importance.

Please look out for updates and announcements on our social media and the Heartwood Forest parkrun website:

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/heartwoodforest/news/

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On Saturday 31st March, the annual Wick Wood Easter Hunt takes place at Wick Wood on Marshals Drive, St Albans. (Please note, this does NOT take place at Heartwood Forest.)

Time: 10am – noon.

Event: Easter Hunt – collect tokens scattered through the woods and exchange them for a modest chocolate treat.

Suitable for: toddlers to early teens, dress for muddy paths.

Where: Wick Wood, Marshals Drive, St Albans, AL1 4RE.

Entry: 50 pence – all proceeds go to the Woodland Trust.

Contact details for further information are on the poster.

Wick Wood Easter 2018

Volunteers were hard at work at Heartwood Forest today, planting trees in the breezy sunshine. More than a thousand trees went in to the ground!

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There are still over 20,000 trees that need to go in before the final tree is planted on the 25th March!

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If you would like to come along to a work party, the dates are as follows:

  • 23, 29 Jan
  • 6, 14, 22 Feb
  • 2, 8, 14, 20 Mar

Work parties run from 10am-3pm, but volunteers come and go as they wish, with some coming for an hour or so in the morning or afternoon, and some staying right through.

Tree planting will be the main activity at most (if not all) of these work parties, but there may be other tasks that need to be carried out. The meeting location varies according to the tasks that need doing, but you will be informed of where/when to meet before the day.

Hot drinks are provided, but you are asked to bring your own lunch/snacks.

What to wear:  Gloves, rugged waterproof footwear, plenty of layers and waterproofs

If you would like to come along or would like further information, please email heartwood@woodlandtrust.org.uk for further details.

Work parties are all during the week, but there is one final Community planting day on Sunday 11th March 2018, 10am-3pm.

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Heartwood planting

On Wednesday 27th December, the annual Wick Wood Santa Hunt takes place at Wick Wood on Marshals Drive, St Albans. (Please note, this does NOT take place at Heartwood Forest.)

Time: 10am – noon.

Event: Woodland Trust Santa Hunt – collect 5 different tokens scattered through the woods and exchange them for a modest chocky treat.

Suitable for: toddlers to early teens, dress for muddy paths.

Where: Wick Wood, Marshals Drive, St Albans, AL1 4RE.

Entry: 50 pence – all proceeds go to the Woodland Trust.

More info: Pam Farley 01727 86487

wick wood

We are about to start the final season of tree planting at Heartwood Forest. By the end of March 2018, the last few trees will be in the ground.

Why not come along to one of the last two community planting sessions and play a part in the completion of this fantastic forest? The planting days are in November 2017 and March 2018. Hundreds of thousands of trees have been planted by volunteers, with just 40,000 left to go in this season.

Heartwood planting

Please make sure that you dress appropriately – it can be cold, wet and windy, but we have also planted in brilliant sunshine!

There will be refreshments available to buy, but feel free to bring your own food/drinks.

 

The Oxfam Herts Hike – Saturday 23rd September 2017

A message from the organisers of the Herts Hike:

The idea of Herts Hike is to help people enjoy and discover the beautiful countryside close to St Albans and to ask them to help others who have less than us by donating to an Oxfam project. This year we’re helping Oxfam to get drinking water to villages in Kenya.

Information is now online at www.oxfamstalbans.org and we will be delighted to hear from walkers and also volunteer helpers. In the meantime please email the team on hertshike@gmail.com if you would like to know more.

Our walkers have a choice of routes, typically 3, 5, 8, 14 or even 20 miles. The three and five mile walks take place inside Heartwood Forest and the longer walks are circular routes taking in villages further north such as Wheathampstead, Ayot St Lawrence and Kimpton. Walkers can decide on the day which route they want to do.

All the Herts Hike routes start from the Scout hut at Heartwood Forest. It is accessible by bus or car, and parking is available at the Heartwood Forest Car Park. All routes are waymarked and key points are marshalled; written instructions are also provided. People walk the route at their own pace following the signs. Starting times vary, eg for the popular 8 mile circuit it is any time between 9am and 1:30 pm. The longer distance walkers need to start by 9:30 am.

Each year the Oxfam Herts Hike fundraises for an Oxfam project in the developing world. Walkers can collect sponsorship money or make a personal donation to the project. This year we will be supporting Oxfam’s water projects in Northern Kenya. Having clean drinking water in the villages saves many women and girls from making long journeys to rivers to collect water. This river water is very unhealthy often bringing diseases.

We welcome walkers from local schools, youth groups, community organisations and businesses as well as individuals, families and friends. Walkers from youth groups should be accompanied by adults eg parents or leaders. There is a parental permission slip for under-18s if they are walking unaccompanied by an adult.

We welcome help on the day at Walk HQ and at the various checkpoints around the route. The previous day, Friday 22 September, we need volunteers to walk the routes in teams putting up signs.

Best wishes from the St Albans Oxfam Campaigns Group

Sue and Hilary

hertshike@gmail.com

Are you interested in the landscape history of Heartwood Forest or would you like to find out more about the arboretum that has been planted at Heartwood? If so, why not join the guided walks taking place in September?

Arb and Arch walk Sept 2017