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2017 Heartwood UH ad

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Further to the previous blog post regarding the bluebells at Heartwood Forest, our monitoring of the woodland shows how well the woodland is recovering. Bluebells are coming back to the cordoned off damaged areas at an incredible rate, thanks to all those people who are helping the Woodland Trust to protect the bluebells by staying on the paths and encouraging others to do so. These are photographs taken at the same spot, within a protected area, two years apart with the second one being taken a week ago.

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New areas have been cordoned off this year, in the hope that they also can regenerate and recover, as, just a few years ago, they too were covered in bluebells.

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It is wonderful to see the ability that nature has to recover from the damage done to it, with the help and respect of the visitors to the woods, meaning that the spectacular sight of a mass of blue within our woods will be there for many years to come.

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The Woodland Trust has become aware of several companies offering photoshoots at Heartwood Forest in/amongst/with a backdrop of bluebells in the ancient woodland. While all visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the bluebell displays at this time of year, any professional photography is not permitted without written consent – this includes commissioned shoots of people or animals. Please be aware that Heartwood Forest is private land and that no professional photography is authorised without permission from the landowner. Individuals taking photographs for private use are of course permitted to do so – all visitors are asked to stick to designated paths to protect the bluebells and all dogs must be kept on a lead in these areas.

 

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We are coming to the end of the Winter planting season – just 3 more work parties to go before the end of March when we have to stop planting. The trees are already starting to bud – and today’s work party enjoyed some wonderful sunshine.

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This spurred the volunteers on to plant over 3000 trees, a fantastic achievement!

We still have plenty more trees to plant before the end of the month, though!

The 3 work parties left are on Wednesday 15th March, Tuesday 21st March and Monday 27th March.

If you haven’t been before and would like to come along to help in planting the last trees of the season, please email heartwood@woodlandtrust.org.uk for further details.

We usually meet at 10am, with the meeting location varying according to where the work parties are based.

The sessions finish around 3pm, but people come and go as they need to. Hot drinks are provided but if you are staying for the whole day, please bring your own lunch. Please also make sure that you are wearing suitable clothing and footwear.

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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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The Woodland Trust is aware of a large pile of old waste which has been discarded irresponsibly at Heartwood Forest. This is located by Well Wood close to the public bridleway. We are taking steps to remove this unwanted waste for the benefit of all site users, visitors and wildlife.

During the week commencing 13th February 2017, licensed contractors will be on site to remove the waste. The work to remove the waste from the site should be completed within two days, but please take note that during the week 13th-17th February there will be machinery operating on site in this area. If you plan to use the public bridleway around the Well Wood area of Heartwood during these dates, please pay particular attention if your horse may be uneasy around machinery such as a mini digger or chainsaw.

Please accept our apologies for the potential disruption to your visit to Heartwood Forest around these dates.

Irresponsible abandoning of waste, or fly tipping, incurred the Woodland Trust a cost of over £350,000 to remove and manage in 2016 alone (across the UK). Fly tipping is an illegal activity, and if you see an incident that you would like to report please contact wops@woodlandtrust.org.uk or the police on 101 if you witness an incident in progress. We appreciate the ongoing support of those who visit Heartwood in reporting these issues as they arise and remaining vigilant to any suspicious activity.

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Google Earth have updated their aerial photos of the area around Heartwood. The updated part cuts through the middle of Heartwood Forest – you can still see the car park in its first stage of construction on one side of the line when you zoom in.

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The updated footage was taken in October 2016. You can see the arboretum very clearly!

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