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There are all sorts of things to look forward to at this year’s Heartwood Festival. Something new is the Yoga Zone.

Woodland Yoga is going to be bringing a whole host of yoga and mindfulness to the Heartwood Summer Festival this year! Just £4 entry to the Festival in advance will give you access to a whole day of relaxing, unwinding and connecting to nature so make sure you book in advance! (£6 on the day, Under 12’s go free.)

Connect with nature through our inspiring programme of woodland yoga and meditation. Join expert local teachers and explore a variety of sessions, whatever your age or experience level. Chill out in our Zen Den, chat with wellbeing practitioners and more!

Yoga and meditation timetable:

Asana Area
11.30am-12noon Family Yoga
12.30pm-1pm Teen Yoga
2pm-2.30pm Kids Yoga
3pm-3.30pm Restorative Yoga

Mindfulness Yurt
12noon-12.30pm Creative mindfulness
1pm-1.30pm Kid friendly
2.30pm-3pm Teen friendly
3.30pm-4pm Yoga Nidra

For further information on the Festival, or to find out how to book, please go to

https://heartwood.woodlandtrust.org.uk/things-to-see-and-do/summer-festival/

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This year’s Heartwood Festival is on Saturday 7th July, between 11am and 4pm.

Why not come along to explore the Wildlife Zone and Wood Zone, join in with a yoga or meditation session and have a go at all the craft activities?

The dog show is always popular – could yours be the winner? How fast can your dog go down the bale run?

You can enter the Heartwood Bake-Off with your decorated cake and bring your teddy along to the Teddy Bear’s Picnic.

More details will follow soon, but in the meantime, make sure that you save the date!

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Would you like to explore Heartwood Forest, taking in the different aspects of the landscape, including ancient woodland and newly planted groves, wildflower meadows and grasslands? There is an opportunity to find out more about Heartwood by joining a guided walk around the forest on Saturday 26th May, between 10:30am and 12:30pm.

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.

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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.