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Over the past 6-8 weeks it has become clear that some horse riders have regularly been going off the public and permissive bridleways in several places at Heartwood Forest. The map shows in red where there is evidence of horse riders. It is important that all horse riders and cyclists need to stay on the public and permissive bridleways at all times. The only other real option is physical barriers and it would be preferable to avoid these going up all over the site.

At this time of year the evidence is more prominent and damage to the paths has become extensive in some places. The Woodland Trust has therefore taken the decision to close the section of permissive bridleway that runs around Round Wood and along Wells and Pudlers and by the Magical Wood arch, marked in blue on the map. Physical barriers and signs have been put up in order to show this on site.

Horse misuse and closed bridleway at Heartwoodimage1







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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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This is just a reminder about the closure of the car park at Heartwood Forest, starting on Monday (9th Jan). The footpaths and bridleways will be open but there will be no access to the car park or entrance track as there will be heavy machinery in use on these throughout the closure period.


Please check back on this blog page for updates as to when the car park has reopened, and thank you for your patience in the meantime.

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The main car park at Heartwood Forest will be closed from January 9th 2017 for approximately 6-8 weeks to allow for essential resurfacing work to take place. Lots of feedback has been received in recent months by Heartwood visitors who would like to see improvement works along the main car park track and on the surface of the car park itself. You may be aware that there are currently some potholed areas – these will be repaired as part of this work, as well as resurfacing the car park with tarmac. The parking bays themselves will be improved, and the passing areas along the car park track leading from the B651/Sandridge High Street will be repaired to provide better areas to let approaching cars pass. The work taking place should provide a more enjoyable welcome into Heartwood for all visitors who currently use the main car park, and the aim is to implement these changes efficiently to minimise the impact on visitors while the work is being completed. Unfortunately to allow for these improvements to take place, there is no alternative other than to close the car park temporarily.

During this time there will be no access to the main car park at all so to access Heartwood all visitors will need to park elsewhere. There are 12 different entrance points to Heartwood so there should be more than sufficient parking in the nearby areas to allow undisrupted access to the site, but please be considerate of the local community in Sandridge and surrounding areas when choosing where to park your car. Please check back on this blog page for updates as to when the car park has reopened, and thank you for your patience in the meantime.

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The Heartwood Forest car park will reopen tomorrow, Saturday 19th September 2015.

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If you fancy a day out at a different Woodland Trust site, why not head over to Tring Park on Sunday 5th July for a family festival?  There are all sorts of activities, from a bake-off to a dog show, horse-drawn carriage rides and storytelling.

Tring Park event A5 Programme_Page_1

Tring Park event A5 Programme_Page_2

Please note that there is limited parking in the Hastoe Lane and Natural History Museum car parks, but there is plenty in the town and the event will be signed from the High Street.

Access via the main entrance is not suitable for wheelchairs and buggies as it involves steps to the bridge and a kissing gate.

For further information about the event, please contact tringpark@woodlandtrust.org.uk.

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