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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.

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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.

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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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A new dog poo bin has been installed at Heartwood Forest, on the main bridleway just above Langley Wood. We know a few people have spotted it, but thought we ought to tell you that it is there!

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We know that the bins are well used! They are now emptied twice a week. Thank you to all of you who help us to keep Heartwood Forest looking at its best by making use of them!

Have you seen our Code of Conduct? It was created in order to make sure that all visitors to Heartwood Forest work together so that we can all enjoy the site. There should be copies available in the leaflet dispenser in the car park.

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We ask cyclists and horseriders to stick to the designated bridleways and cycle routes, and not to go into the areas of ancient woodland. We also ask dog walkers not to walk more than 4 dogs at a time, and to ensure that their dogs are kept on a lead in the lower field by the car park. These requests are for safety and conservation reasons as we want to make sure that everybody is kept safe and happy – and that includes Heartwood itself!

 

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