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Most visitors to Heartwood Forest are completely unaware that Heartwood Forest contains England’s newest and largest native arboretum. If you would like to find out more about this fantastic resource and the 60 species of native trees and shrubs that it contains, why not come along to the walk on Saturday (19th May)? The walk is running from 2-4pm.

Booking is essential, and can be done through the Woodland Trust website:

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/get-involved/events/

Select the Events link on the page and then choose the Guided Walks option.

The view below is from 2016 and shows you some of the layout of the arboretum.

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There are more wildlife walks taking place at Heartwood Forest during May.

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Please note that booking is essential as places are limited. You can book through the Woodland Trust website: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/events.

 

After 10 years of hard work by over 40,000 volunteers, all 600,000 trees have now been planted at Heartwood Forest. The final trees, both oak trees, were planted during a ceremony on Sunday (25th March 2018).

Beccy Speight, the CEO of the Woodland Trust came along to help everyone celebrate, together with Baroness Barbara Young, Chair of Trustees for the Woodland Trust.

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Visitors came from far and wide to enjoy the day and have a look at the exhibition near the planting area.

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The penultimate tree was planted by regular volunteers Pam Farley, Tim Wright and Brian Legg, all of whom have played a massive part in the creation of Heartwood Forest.

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The final tree was planted by Lady Verulam, together with the mayor of St Albans, Councillor Mohammad Iqbal Zia.

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A memory tree was created, with leaves inscribed with memories of Heartwood Forest and what the forest means to many of the people who came along to the event.

It was a lovely day that celebrated an incredible achievement. 600,000 trees, all planted by volunteers aged from 1 to 100.

Heartwood Forest now moves into a new chapter in its life story, as we watch the trees grow and the woodland develop and mature over time.

If you would like to pick up a copy of the event booklet for Heartwood Forest, they are now available in the leaflet dispensers in the car park.

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The first walk is on Sunday 18th March, when there is a Wildlife Walk.

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Don’t forget there is also the celebration of the final tree going in on Sunday 25th March. Why not come along to see the last tree being planted and join in the celebrations.

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It was the final community planting session at Heartwood Forest yesterday. It went really well, with 424 people coming who planted a massive 4150 trees!

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A huge thank you to everybody who came along and braved the elements!

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There aren’t many trees left to be planted now, before the final tree is ceremonially planted on Sunday 25th March.

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Only a few days now until the final community planting event at Heartwood Forest. Why not come along and plant some trees this Sunday and play a part in the creation of this wonderful forest?

Details are on the poster below. Please park in the Heartwood Forest car park and you will be taken to the planting site. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing.

 

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