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Why not join the Heartwood Forest volunteers at Wick Wood, Marshals Drive, St Albans, AL1 4RE for the annual Easter Egg Hunt? Gates open at 10am, and the event goes on until 12 noon.

The hunt involves a walk around the wood, looking for coloured tokens. When your child has 5 different colours, they can return to the volunteers who will exchange them for a chocolate treat.

The cost is 50p per child with all proceeds going to the Woodland Trust. It is suitable for all ages, from toddlers to early teens. Please note that all under 16’s must be accompanied by an appropriate adult.

The paths can be muddy, so please make sure that suitable footwear is worn, and that all visitors are dressed for the weather.


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Information about Wick Wood AL1 4RE:

The Wick is located in the residential area of Marshalswick in St Albans, between Sandpit Lane and Marshal’s Drive. The 4.8 hectare site comprises of an area of woodland and a smaller area of informal playing field with conservation grassland margins. There is a small play area in the wood.
Due to its wildlife value, the woodland at The Wick is designated as a Local Wildlife Site as well as, since 1995, a Local Nature Reserve.
The site supports a wide range of wildlife, including over 30 bird species. The Wick also has a seasonal pond, remains of historic field boundaries and veteran hornbeam and oak trees.
The Wick is used by the community as a place for quiet relaxation, a pleasant walk to the
shops, safe route to school and recreation. The 18th St Albans Scout group from the
adjacent scout hut are regular users. The Wick is particularly well used by dog walkers,
some of whom travel some distance for their visit.
The Wick has an active Friends group who carry out practical management tasks twice a
year, tasks drawn from the management plan include path maintenance and litter picks.
They also organise and run events such as guided walks.

There is no specific car park for the site, but there is plenty of parking within easy walking distance.

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Nature Detectives LIVE is coming to Heartwood Forest. Join us for a puzzling woodland whodunnit, plus tons of hands-on activities including tree tracking, bug hunting and badge making.

Are you ready to solve a wild mystery? The animals have gathered for a picnic in the woods, but a huge hazelnut cake has gone missing! It’s been eaten and all that’s left is a pile of crumbs. Nature Detective, we need you to solve the case and track down the cake-eating culprit. As part of your investigation you’ll get the chance to build a mini den, try whittling, hunt for minibeasts and make a badge to take home.

This family event is a great chance to get up close to wildlife and discover some of the creatures that live at Heartwood. The adventures are suitable for young explorers under 13. And dogs on leads are welcome too, woof woof!

Pre-booking is essential.

For booking information, please go to:  https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/blogs/nature-detectives-blog/2018/07/nature-detectives-live-heartwood-forest/

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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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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:


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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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.

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It was the final community planting session at Heartwood Forest yesterday. It went really well, with 424 people coming who planted a massive 4150 trees!

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A huge thank you to everybody who came along and braved the elements!

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There aren’t many trees left to be planted now, before the final tree is ceremonially planted on Sunday 25th March.


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Only a few days now until the final community planting event at Heartwood Forest. Why not come along and plant some trees this Sunday and play a part in the creation of this wonderful forest?

Details are on the poster below. Please park in the Heartwood Forest car park and you will be taken to the planting site. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing.


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