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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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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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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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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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