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Just a reminder that this Saturday we have the Heartwood Summer Festival, here at Heartwood Forest.

2017 festival flyer

There are all sorts of activities, from axe throwing to yoga! The fun starts at 11am. Other timings are in the programme below.

2017 Festival programme 1

The location of the festival within Heartwood Forest has changed – it is just off the all-ability route, at the top of the hill above the main car park.

 

 

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

2017 festival poster

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.

2017 festival flyer

 

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Over the summer you may have noticed strange people dressed like ghost busters in the oilseed rape or wheat field! Well these are researchers from Rothamsted looking at how farmers could promote natural pest control to protect their crops.

 Some insects are good for crops, for example, bees that pollinate them and hoverflies, ladybirds and some tiny wasps that eat the pests. These are the farmer’s friends and the researchers are trying to find ways to encourage them.

 This four year Defra funded project will help test whether natural biocontrol in wheat is better when it is next to an oilseed rape crop than when it is next to another wheat crop. This will help to decide how best to arrange crops in the countryside to encourage the good insects and discourage the pests.

 The insects collected up by the researchers noisy ‘bug vacuum’ will be identified and counted over the winter and we plan to update you with results next year. For more information on the work Rothamsted Research do go to their Website.

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