A huge “Thank You” to all those who came to join in the community planting event at Heartwood Forest yesterday!


749 people came along – and managed to plant 6000 trees!



This brings the total number of trees planted at Heartwood so far this season to 23,500!

Well done – and thank you again – to everybody involved!



On Wednesday afternoon at Heartwood Forest the permissive bridleway running alongside the B651 was officially opened.






This has enabled the Woodland Trust to open up a new section of permissive bridleway, starting at the horse hop next to the entrance to Heartwood.


It runs parallel to the car park track, with a hedge separating it from the cars on the track.



At the other end, riders turn left away from the car park and over another horse hop allowing access onto the main bridleway going from Pound Farm up past Langley Wood.



This means that anybody wishing to do a full circuit no longer has to ride down the main road through Sandridge and it should make it much safer – and pleasanter – for anybody who likes to ride or cycle that route.

The new planting season is officially here, so we now have work parties running every week with the first one taking place yesterday. The main activity through the winter is tree planting, although work parties do carry out other activities too.


We started off in sunshine, survived a heavy downpour just after lunch and the sun came out again for the rest of the afternoon.



Around 1500 new trees were planted yesterday. They aren’t always easy to spot on the photos!


Work party dates for this season are:

Nov 17, 23, 29

Dec 5, 13, 21

Jan 6, 12, 18, 24, 30

Feb 7, 15, 23,

March 3, 9, 15, 21

We usually meet at 10am, but the meeting location varies according to where the work parties are based. The sessions finish around 3pm, but people come and go as they need to. Hot drinks are provided but if you are staying for the whole day, please bring your own lunch. Please also make sure that you are wearing suitable clothing and footwear.

Please contact heartwood@woodlandtrust.org.uk for further details or to let us know that you will be coming along.



Don’t forget our planting session at Heartwood Forest – only a week and a half to go! Why not come along and plant some trees – it’s a great activity for all ages!


You may have noticed various creatures popping up at Heartwood Forest over the past week.


They are part of the Magical Meander, a trail which leads to the Magical Wood. They are sponsored by the Disney Store and are designed to give families even more to enjoy during a walk at Heartwood.

They represent the wildlife that thrives around Heartwood Forest.


At the centre of the Magical Wood is now a fantastic picnic table, representing all the trees that we have at Heartwood Forest.


There are a couple more sculptures still to go in, but it is hoped that the installation will be finished by the end of November. They are the work of Will Lee, who many of you may have seen carving at the Heartwood Forest Summer Festival.



Some great news for Heartwood Forest! On 18th October it was the CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) Hertfordshire Rural Living Awards 2016.

Heartwood Forest was nominated for the Rural Environment Award. In this category there were five nominations in total, all of which are amazing and worthwhile projects which contribute to the Rural Environment in different ways. Judges Dorothy Abel Smith, Rob Rees, Freya North and Gini Trower had a ‘most enjoyable time visiting the projects and meeting the volunteers that make it all happen’.

We are delighted to reveal that Heartwood was presented with the Environment Commendation! Site Manager Louise Neicho and volunteers Brian Legg and Richard Inglis were presented with the certificate by Councillor Frances Leonard, Mayor of St Albans City and District.

The judges’ report highlighted the work done by volunteers, including the extensive volunteer led ecological monitoring which has helped ‘to ensure that Heartwood Forest continues to improve and be a haven for wildlife and an exciting and enjoyable place to visit’.

A huge thank you and congratulations to every single person who has contributed in making Heartwood Forest so special! More information on the evening and the CPRE Hertfordshire Rural Living Awards can be found here.rural-living-awards-2016


Would you like to come along and help to create Heartwood Forest? We have a tree planting session on Sunday 27th November 2016 – everybody is welcome! It’s great fun for all ages! Dogs enjoy joining in too! We hope to see you there!