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We are about to start the final season of tree planting at Heartwood Forest. By the end of March 2018, the last few trees will be in the ground.

Why not come along to one of the last two community planting sessions and play a part in the completion of this fantastic forest? The planting days are in November 2017 and March 2018. Hundreds of thousands of trees have been planted by volunteers, with just 40,000 left to go in this season.

Heartwood planting

Please make sure that you dress appropriately – it can be cold, wet and windy, but we have also planted in brilliant sunshine!

There will be refreshments available to buy, but feel free to bring your own food/drinks.

 

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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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Langley wood surfacing signage

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Due to some work which has to be carried out during the Summer months, the car park at Heartwood Forest will be closed over this period.

HW car park (002)

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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.

Invite tree to tea.jpg

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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peter rabbit

We would love to reunite Peter Rabbit with his family. He was left behind at the Heartwood Summer Festival last weekend. The bottle pictured with him was found nearby but may not be linked. Please let us if you know who he belongs to! Someone must be missing him.

Thank you.

 

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