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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

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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

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Pack a picnic, a mat, some games and sun cream, and bring your picnic along together with your friends and family to invite a tree to tea.

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You can also sign up and collect your FREE ‘Take a Tree to Tea Fundraising Pack’.

Please note, booking is essential at Tring Park, but not at Heartwood Forest.

Food and drink will NOT be available on site, so please bring your own.

 

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Just a reminder that this Saturday we have the Heartwood Summer Festival, here at Heartwood Forest.

2017 festival flyer

There are all sorts of activities, from axe throwing to yoga! The fun starts at 11am. Other timings are in the programme below.

2017 Festival programme 1

The location of the festival within Heartwood Forest has changed – it is just off the all-ability route, at the top of the hill above the main car park.

 

 

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If you fancy a day out somewhere completely different to Heartwood Forest, why not visit Tring Park for the Family Festival? Tring Park is just behind the Natural History Museum in Tring, and shares a car park with the museum. It’s a stunning site, managed by the Woodland Trust, with open, rolling grassland (with grazing cows) and beautiful woodland walks too.

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The Heartwood Summer Festival is on Saturday 8th July at Heartwood Forest, between 11am and 4pm.

2017 festival poster

Why not come along and bring the family – there are activities for all ages, including minibeast hunts, a yoga session, guided walks, woodland crafts, face painting and axe throwing!

Entry costs £1 on the day.

2017 festival flyer

 

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There are various events planned at Heartwood Forest this year. If you would like to stay up to date regarding future events, keep an eye on the website page at  heartwood.woodlandtrust.org.uk/things-to-see-and-do/events/

The next event is a Natural History of the Landscape Walk – 17 May 10am.

Take a closer look at your surroundings with this extraordinary step back in time, examining how historical events have shaped the landscape. Join our walk leaders in an incredible snapshot of some of the stories behind the geology of Heartwood.
Booking is essential – places are available at the moment.

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