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This year’s Heartwood Festival is on Saturday 7th July, between 11am and 4pm.

Why not come along to explore the Wildlife Zone and Wood Zone, join in with a yoga or meditation session and have a go at all the craft activities?

The dog show is always popular – could yours be the winner? How fast can your dog go down the bale run?

You can enter the Heartwood Bake-Off with your decorated cake and bring your teddy along to the Teddy Bear’s Picnic.

More details will follow soon, but in the meantime, make sure that you save the date!

2018 summer festival


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Pack a picnic, a mat, some games and sun cream, and bring your picnic along together with your friends and family to invite a tree to tea.

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You can also sign up and collect your FREE ‘Take a Tree to Tea Fundraising Pack’.

Please note, booking is essential at Tring Park, but not at Heartwood Forest.

Food and drink will NOT be available on site, so please bring your own.


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This is just a reminder about the closure of the car park at Heartwood Forest, starting on Monday (9th Jan). The footpaths and bridleways will be open but there will be no access to the car park or entrance track as there will be heavy machinery in use on these throughout the closure period.


Please check back on this blog page for updates as to when the car park has reopened, and thank you for your patience in the meantime.

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The main car park at Heartwood Forest will be closed from January 9th 2017 for approximately 6-8 weeks to allow for essential resurfacing work to take place. Lots of feedback has been received in recent months by Heartwood visitors who would like to see improvement works along the main car park track and on the surface of the car park itself. You may be aware that there are currently some potholed areas – these will be repaired as part of this work, as well as resurfacing the car park with tarmac. The parking bays themselves will be improved, and the passing areas along the car park track leading from the B651/Sandridge High Street will be repaired to provide better areas to let approaching cars pass. The work taking place should provide a more enjoyable welcome into Heartwood for all visitors who currently use the main car park, and the aim is to implement these changes efficiently to minimise the impact on visitors while the work is being completed. Unfortunately to allow for these improvements to take place, there is no alternative other than to close the car park temporarily.

During this time there will be no access to the main car park at all so to access Heartwood all visitors will need to park elsewhere. There are 12 different entrance points to Heartwood so there should be more than sufficient parking in the nearby areas to allow undisrupted access to the site, but please be considerate of the local community in Sandridge and surrounding areas when choosing where to park your car. Please check back on this blog page for updates as to when the car park has reopened, and thank you for your patience in the meantime.

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We are delighted to be able to tell you that the Purple Emperor butterfly has been spotted at Heartwood Forest. The following report was sent in by David Hunt, who took the photo shown below:

“Resisting the distant call of a cold beer, I then went on to Heartwood Forest to see if there were any White-letter Hairstreak around the regenerating elm along the southeast boundary of Well Wood. No luck. Other butterflies seen included many Gatekeeper, a couple of Meadow Brown (the reverse of the situation on Nomansland); 2 Comma, 5 Green-veined White; 1 Large White; 2 Speckled Wood (in Pudler’s Wood); 1 very tatty Ringlet; and 3 Holly Blue. Approaching the small pond at the southern tip of Well Wood I became aware of a substantial shadow flapping and gliding its way across the path. Looking up, I saw the owner – a Purple Emperor! It settled in the nearby Hornbeam tree, about 5m up, and sunned itself for a while before leaving and drifting about the adjacent oaks. I lost sight of it for a while but it then reappeared with, to my surprise, another Purple Emperor. They swooped languidly around each other a couple of times and then settled at separate locations in the foliage at the top of the tallest of the three adjacent oaks by the pond. After a couple more minutes, and not being equipped, like all good PE enthusiasts with folding chair, flask and bobble hat, I left for that cold beer I mentioned earlier. One happy bunny!”


A huge thank you to David and Butterfly Conservation (Herts and Middx Branch) for letting us know and passing on the photo.

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Are you coming along to the Heartwood Festival tomorrow?

There are activities for everyone, from yoga to woodland crafts. There will be blacksmithing and woodcraft demonstrations and the opportunity to see master craftsmen at work. Have a go at willow weaving, make a woodland picture, enjoy the guided walk around Heartwood Forest.

There is face painting available, and an assault course and bouncy castle for the children too. Alternatively they can show off their football skills in the sports area. How about going on a minibeast safari (available at set times during the day, starting from the Wildlife Zone), or would you like to meet up with some friendly farm animals that have come to visit?

You can find out about the wildlife monitoring that is constantly going on at Heartwood and see how it has developed since the first public planting in 2009.

You could join in with the 5k Fun Run (or walk!), the Bake Off, the Teddy Bear’s Picnic and the Dog Show.

Entry to the Fun Run costs £7 in advance, £10 on the day, £2 for the under 16s. Entry will be free for runners who gain sponsorship in support of Heartwood Forest. Please contact us by email at heartwood@woodlandtrust.org.uk for further details and a sponsorship form. There is even a prize for the most ludicrous costume!

You can treat yourself to champagne and strawberries, a piece of cake or a refreshing ice cream. Bring a picnic and enjoy the views, or buy something for lunch from the stall on site.

All of this is happening in the field behind Langley Wood at Heartwood Forest. There will be car parking available in the main car park and off Sandridgebury Lane (this is closer to the festival site than the Heartwood Forest car park and will be signed off the main road).

We are hoping for good weather, but whatever the weather brings, there will be plenty to do and enjoy. The fun starts at 10am and goes on until 3pm. You can find more information at  woodlandtrust.co.uk/heartwoodfestival.

We hope to see you there!

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It’s time to get those teddy bears all spruced up and ready for their outing at the Heartwood Festival!

Everyone knows teddy bears loves picnics, especially when they’re allowed to dress up! In honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday, the fancy dress theme at the picnic this year is royal or historical characters. Bring along your teddy bear in its best royal fancy dress and you could win a prize!


These two wonderful characters came along to the Teddy Bear’s Picnic in 2014.

The picnic starts at 12.15pm and judging is at 12.30pm.

We hope to see you there!

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