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

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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.

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2017 Heartwood UH ad

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Further to the previous blog post regarding the bluebells at Heartwood Forest, our monitoring of the woodland shows how well the woodland is recovering. Bluebells are coming back to the cordoned off damaged areas at an incredible rate, thanks to all those people who are helping the Woodland Trust to protect the bluebells by staying on the paths and encouraging others to do so. These are photographs taken at the same spot, within a protected area, two years apart with the second one being taken a week ago.

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New areas have been cordoned off this year, in the hope that they also can regenerate and recover, as, just a few years ago, they too were covered in bluebells.

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It is wonderful to see the ability that nature has to recover from the damage done to it, with the help and respect of the visitors to the woods, meaning that the spectacular sight of a mass of blue within our woods will be there for many years to come.

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The Woodland Trust has become aware of several companies offering photoshoots at Heartwood Forest in/amongst/with a backdrop of bluebells in the ancient woodland. While all visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the bluebell displays at this time of year, any professional photography is not permitted without written consent – this includes commissioned shoots of people or animals. Please be aware that Heartwood Forest is private land and that no professional photography is authorised without permission from the landowner. Individuals taking photographs for private use are of course permitted to do so – all visitors are asked to stick to designated paths to protect the bluebells and all dogs must be kept on a lead in these areas.

 

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We are coming to the end of the Winter planting season – just 3 more work parties to go before the end of March when we have to stop planting. The trees are already starting to bud – and today’s work party enjoyed some wonderful sunshine.

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This spurred the volunteers on to plant over 3000 trees, a fantastic achievement!

We still have plenty more trees to plant before the end of the month, though!

The 3 work parties left are on Wednesday 15th March, Tuesday 21st March and Monday 27th March.

If you haven’t been before and would like to come along to help in planting the last trees of the season, please email heartwood@woodlandtrust.org.uk for further details.

We usually meet at 10am, with the meeting location varying 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.

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Are you looking for something to do with your children on Saturday 15th April? Why not come along to Wick Wood in St Albans for an Easter hunt? All proceeds go to the Woodland Trust.

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The work on the car park and entrance track at Heartwood Forest is complete and the car park is now open again.

There is some tidying up to be done by the workforce but this will not affect general use and will be done while the car park is open.

Opening times are currently 8am to 5pm.

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