The Woodland Trust has become aware of companies offering photoshoots at Heartwood Forest. It should be noted that any professional photography is not permitted without written consent – this includes commissioned shoots of people or animals and covers all parts of all Woodland Trust sites. Please be aware that Heartwood Forest is private land and that no professional photography is authorised without permission from the landowner.

No permits for photoshoots at Heartwood Forest have been issued to any photographers this year (2019).

Photographers and clients should also be aware that any professional photographers carrying out photoshoots without authorisation on Woodland Trust land are not insured, as photographing without permission on private land invalidates their insurance policies.

Individuals taking photographs for private use are of course permitted to do so.

All visitors are asked to stick to designated paths in the ancient woodland and all dogs must be kept on a lead in the signed areas – specifically in the car park and the field above it and in Langley Wood. This is particularly important at this time of year, as the bluebells start to appear in the ancient woodland.

Thank you.

Why not join the Heartwood Forest volunteers at Wick Wood, Marshals Drive, St Albans, AL1 4RE for the annual Easter Egg Hunt? Gates open at 10am, and the event goes on until 12 noon.

The hunt involves a walk around the wood, looking for coloured tokens. When your child has 5 different colours, they can return to the volunteers who will exchange them for a chocolate treat.

The cost is 50p per child with all proceeds going to the Woodland Trust. It is suitable for all ages, from toddlers to early teens. Please note that all under 16’s must be accompanied by an appropriate adult.

The paths can be muddy, so please make sure that suitable footwear is worn, and that all visitors are dressed for the weather.


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Information about Wick Wood AL1 4RE:

The Wick is located in the residential area of Marshalswick in St Albans, between Sandpit Lane and Marshal’s Drive. The 4.8 hectare site comprises of an area of woodland and a smaller area of informal playing field with conservation grassland margins. There is a small play area in the wood.
Due to its wildlife value, the woodland at The Wick is designated as a Local Wildlife Site as well as, since 1995, a Local Nature Reserve.
The site supports a wide range of wildlife, including over 30 bird species. The Wick also has a seasonal pond, remains of historic field boundaries and veteran hornbeam and oak trees.
The Wick is used by the community as a place for quiet relaxation, a pleasant walk to the
shops, safe route to school and recreation. The 18th St Albans Scout group from the
adjacent scout hut are regular users. The Wick is particularly well used by dog walkers,
some of whom travel some distance for their visit.
The Wick has an active Friends group who carry out practical management tasks twice a
year, tasks drawn from the management plan include path maintenance and litter picks.
They also organise and run events such as guided walks.

There is no specific car park for the site, but there is plenty of parking within easy walking distance.

Every year, on the day after Boxing Day – 27th December – volunteers run a Santa Hunt in Wick Wood, St Albans.

It costs 50p per child, with money raised going to the Woodland Trust.

It runs from 10am-12 noon and involves a hunt around the woodland, finding tokens which the children then exchange for a modest chocolate treat.

PLEASE NOTE – This is NOT at Heartwood Forest. It takes place at Wick Wood, St Albans, on Marshal’s Drive – postcode AL1 4RE. Booking is not necessary – just turn up! All ages welcome!

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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 .

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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/

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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