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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 car park may be temporarily closed, but work parties are going on as usual. If you would like to come along, please contact heartwood@woodlandtrust.org.uk in order to find out where to meet the group or for further details. We usually meet at 10am, but the meeting location varies according to where the work parties are based.

Work party dates for this season are:

 

Jan 12, 18, 24, 30

Feb 7, 14 (PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A CHANGE OF DATE), 23

March 3, 9, 15, 21

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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On Wednesday afternoon at Heartwood Forest the permissive bridleway running alongside the B651 was officially opened.

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This has enabled the Woodland Trust to open up a new section of permissive bridleway, starting at the horse hop next to the entrance to Heartwood.

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It runs parallel to the car park track, with a hedge separating it from the cars on the track.

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At the other end, riders turn left away from the car park and over another horse hop allowing access onto the main bridleway going from Pound Farm up past Langley Wood.

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This means that anybody wishing to do a full circuit no longer has to ride down the main road through Sandridge and it should make it much safer – and pleasanter – for anybody who likes to ride or cycle that route.

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The new planting season is officially here, so we now have work parties running every week with the first one taking place yesterday. The main activity through the winter is tree planting, although work parties do carry out other activities too.

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We started off in sunshine, survived a heavy downpour just after lunch and the sun came out again for the rest of the afternoon.

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Around 1500 new trees were planted yesterday. They aren’t always easy to spot on the photos!

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Work party dates for this season are:

Nov 17, 23, 29

Dec 5, 13, 21

Jan 6, 12, 18, 24, 30

Feb 7, 15, 23,

March 3, 9, 15, 21

We usually meet at 10am, but the meeting location varies 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.

Please contact heartwood@woodlandtrust.org.uk for further details or to let us know that you will be coming along.

 

 

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