Posts Tagged ‘woodland’

If you fancy a day out somewhere completely different to Heartwood Forest, why not visit Tring Park for the Family Festival? Tring Park is just behind the Natural History Museum in Tring, and shares a car park with the museum. It’s a stunning site, managed by the Woodland Trust, with open, rolling grassland (with grazing cows) and beautiful woodland walks too.



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The work on the car park and entrance track at Heartwood Forest is complete and the car park is now open again.

There is some tidying up to be done by the workforce but this will not affect general use and will be done while the car park is open.

Opening times are currently 8am to 5pm.

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A huge “Thank You” to all those who came to join in the community planting event at Heartwood Forest yesterday!


749 people came along – and managed to plant 6000 trees!



This brings the total number of trees planted at Heartwood so far this season to 23,500!

Well done – and thank you again – to everybody involved!



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Summer must be on its way (we hope!) as the date is set for the start of this Summer’s Woodland Yoga sessions. They will be on Monday evenings (6:30pm) and on Saturday mornings (10am) at Heartwood Forest. The first session is on Monday 25th April.

Whether you enjoy regular yoga classes or you are a complete beginner, why not come along and give it a go? It’s a wonderful way to relax in beautiful surroundings.

Contact details are on the poster below.

Woodland yoga poster 2016


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Bluebells are starting to appear at Heartwood, but don’t rush up there yet!

I was there yesterday and there are definitely plenty of bluebell plants, but only a few are flowering at the moment. It all looks very promising, though.

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If you look carefully you will spot the occasional one or two plants in flower, but they are few and far between.

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If you do go into the woods, please stick to the existing paths. There are plenty of them and it is really sad to see bluebells being crushed under foot. Please also remember to encourage children to respect the flowers and not to pick them. That way we can all enjoy them for even longer.

Watch this space for updates!

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Tomorrow (Thursday 29th  January) there is another work party at Heartwood Forest, when we will again be working in the orchard. (There may also be other work going on, but it depends upon how many people come along.) Meet up at 10am in the car park and we will walk over together.

Further details are available from heartwood@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Last week we were planting in one of the fields. It was a beautiful day, but there was a heavy frost, which meant that the ground was quite firm. This made digging challenging at first,20150123 work party-6but one spade later, the sun won through and things defrosted!

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20150123 work party-1The hot drinks were definitely very welcome, though!

Please don’t forget to wrap up warm with sensible footwear and if you are staying beyond lunch time, please also bring your food with you.


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It’s nearly that time again – are you coming to the Heartwood forest Summer Festival? Only just over a week to go now.

Heartwood Summer Festival Poster

Join us for the annual Heartwood Summer Festival – our outdoor celebration of trees and woodland – a day of fun for all the family.

It’s back and bigger than ever. With all the traditional woodland crafts, bodging, willow weaving, woodland art, bird box and bug hotels making and storytelling. New for this year are foraging workshops.

The farm animals will be here, with the addition of horses that you can meet and greet. The steel drums will also be making a return, as well as Morris dancing, and much more.

Enter the “Great Heartwood Bake Off”. The three adult categories are:

  • Victoria Sponge
  • Strawberry Jam
  • Savoury Quiche

Also this year there is a children’s category – 12 decorated cup cakes

All cakes must be in the judging marquee for 12 noon – judging will begin at 12.20pm.

Bring your Teddy Bear for the picnic dressed as a character from history – judging will begin at 12.15pm

Refreshments will be available to buy.

Hope to see you there!

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