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Heartwood events

If you want to find out what is going on at Heartwood Forest this year, the leaflet on the link below gives you the information you need.

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There are wildlife and photography walks, the Summer Festival, tree planting and the Final Tree Ceremony – and Heartwood’s first Nature Detectives Live event.

Please note that booking is required for some of the events – details are in the leaflet. Booking may not be available yet for some of the walks, but will be open within the next few weeks.

 

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There are various guided walks being organised at Heartwood Forest this year. The first two are detailed below and others will follow.

Please note that booking is essential as the places are limited.

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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.

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On Sunday 25th March the final tree is being planted at Heartwood Forest. Why not come along to the celebration of 10 years hard work that has gone into creating this wonderful forest? There will be various things going on including an exhibition to celebrate the creation of Heartwood and the opportunity to witness the planting of the final tree.

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Heartwood Forest parkrun is on a break

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

I’m sure you will all agree that Heartwood Forest is a beautiful place for a parkrun. Every week we are honoured to run, jog or walk through the young forest, admiring some of the best views of Hertfordshire.

Due to recent inclement weather, the conditions of some of the paths have unfortunately started to deteriorate and now need time to recover. The Woodland Trust and Heartwood Forest parkrun have therefore come to the joint decision to suspend parkrun at Heartwood Forest from late January until Spring. The last parkrun until spring-time was on the 20th January.

Heartwood Forest parkrun would like to thank the Woodland Trust for their support for parkrun. They do a fantastic job of maintaining this incredible place, and we share their view that the health of the forest is of utmost importance.

Please look out for updates and announcements on our social media and the Heartwood Forest parkrun website:

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/heartwoodforest/news/

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Volunteers were hard at work at Heartwood Forest today, planting trees in the breezy sunshine. More than a thousand trees went in to the ground!

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There are still over 20,000 trees that need to go in before the final tree is planted on the 25th March!

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If you would like to come along to a work party, the dates are as follows:

  • 23, 29 Jan
  • 6, 14, 22 Feb
  • 2, 8, 14, 20 Mar

Work parties run from 10am-3pm, but volunteers come and go as they wish, with some coming for an hour or so in the morning or afternoon, and some staying right through.

Tree planting will be the main activity at most (if not all) of these work parties, but there may be other tasks that need to be carried out. The meeting location varies according to the tasks that need doing, but you will be informed of where/when to meet before the day.

Hot drinks are provided, but you are asked to bring your own lunch/snacks.

What to wear:  Gloves, rugged waterproof footwear, plenty of layers and waterproofs

If you would like to come along or would like further information, please email heartwood@woodlandtrust.org.uk for further details.

Work parties are all during the week, but there is one final Community planting day on Sunday 11th March 2018, 10am-3pm.

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We are about to start the final season of tree planting at Heartwood Forest. By the end of March 2018, the last few trees will be in the ground.

Why not come along to one of the last two community planting sessions and play a part in the completion of this fantastic forest? The planting days are in November 2017 and March 2018. Hundreds of thousands of trees have been planted by volunteers, with just 40,000 left to go in this season.

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Please make sure that you dress appropriately – it can be cold, wet and windy, but we have also planted in brilliant sunshine!

There will be refreshments available to buy, but feel free to bring your own food/drinks.

 

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