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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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Have you seen the latest post on the Woodland Trust blog?

http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blogs/woodland-trust/2016/01/heartwood-wildlife-numbers-double/

It’s all about the work and findings of the wildlife monitoring group at Heartwood Forest.

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Last Sunday we had a public planting day at Heartwood Forest. The weather wasn’t bad at all, with the sun shining most of the time, but it did get rather cold!

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Over 500 people turned up during the day, and 5,850 trees were planted.

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It wasn’t the easiest place to plant, with quite a few stones in the ground and a layer of grass to get through before hitting the soil, but nobody seemed to mind.

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A huge “Thank you” to all those who joined us on the day and helped to plant so many trees!

We also need to say a special “Thank you” to our wonderful young supporter, Síofra, who came along again, laden with her home-made brownies and other very tasty goodies, and raised a fantastic £61 for Heartwood Forest by selling them! Well done and thank you so very much!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Woodland trust recently announced its annual Volunteer Awards and again Heartwood Forest volunteers featured heavily in them.

Richard Inglis was nominated for the Bluebell Award, for the best guardian of woods and  trees, and Linda Smith was nominated for the Acorn Award for the most inspiring volunteer.

The Heartwood Environmental Monitoring Group were nominated for and won the Willow Award, given for the best collaborative achievement.

‘This monitoring group has developed over the last six years into a multi-disciplinary team of around 40 exceptionally talented and knowledgeable individuals. The majority of volunteers are professors from the local university and Kings College in London, from Rothamsted Research (a local agricultural research station), from Herts Natural History Society and people interested in the wildlife of Heartwood. Although many  are professionals in their field, others have been welcomed into the group has and have been inspired to take training courses to further their interests.

The group is currently recording ancient woodland and an array of mammals, birds insects, fungi and flora. . The team work tirelessly in all weather and at all times of the day.’

The group was also given a special Chairman’s Award for their contribution to the Heartwood project. This is an engraved plaque dedicating an area of the wood in recognition of the contribution of the monitoring group. It will go on an oak post at Heartwood.

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Linda, Ken, Tim and Brian, representing the Heartwood Environmental Monitoring Group, with the Chairman’s Award.

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Brian, Linda, Richard, Tim and Ken, together with site manager Louise and the two awards.

A fantastic achievement and congratulations are due to all involved!

 

 

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On Friday we had the first Winter work party of the year and the first opportunity to plant trees this year.

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The weather wasn’t great at the start – strong wind and driving rain – but the sky soon turned blue and the sun even managed to come out for a while!

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Weather rarely bothers the hardy bunch of enthusiastic volunteers at Heartwood, and there was a fantastic turn out.

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The work party concentrated on planting the first trees forming part of the arboretum going in to Heartwood, which will be an area for people to visit to see a huge number of different species of native trees – around 8000 trees covering 60 species – divided into different areas according to their uses.

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876 trees were planted, covering 8 species. Some were planted with guards, some without. This varied according to species.

There are plenty more work parties happening over the season – why not come and join us for a session or two? Whether you come to one or to many, all help is very much appreciated!

Dates for this season are as follows:

Nov 19, 25

Dec 1, 7, 15

Jan 6, 14, 22, 25

Feb 3, 9, 15, 23

Mar 2, 10, 18

We usually meet at 10am, but the meeting location varies according to where the work parties are based. The sessions finish by 3pm, but people come and go as they need to.

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

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Yesterday, around 100 Disney Store staff came from all over the UK to do some work on the Magical Wood, planting trees. It was a beautiful, sunny day, although very windy up on top of the hill!

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The staff were joined by Beccy Speight, the Chief Executive of the Woodland Trust, who was also kept busy planting trees!20150301 Disney-04

Everybody went home at the end of the day very muddy and happy, having even enjoyed a piece of celebratory cake, baked to commemorate 10 years of partnership between the Woodland Trust and Disney.

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Last week’s work party spent a lovely day planting and guarding trees in the orchard.

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The weather started off dull, but the sun soon came out for us.

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20150115 Heartwood Orchard planting-9How about joining us on Friday, 10am-3pm? We will be planting trees in one of the fields this week (Friday 23rd Jan)  and will be back in the orchard next week (Thursday 29th Jan). Whether you can make it for 1 hour or 5 hours, we would love to see you!

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

Hot drinks are provided, but if you plan to stay all day, please bring your lunch with you.

 

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