The area where Heartwood Forest will be created

Heartwood Forest St Albans

At Heartwood Forest at Sandridge, near St Albans in Hertfordshire, The Woodland Trust have the exciting opportunity to create an 850 acre wood from open fields in just 12 years and transform a site with little value for wildlife, into beautiful broadleaved woodland, a natural resource which can support more species than any other land habitat.

The site, in the heart of Hertfordshire's Green Belt, already boasts 45 acres of precious ancient woodland and is home to many rare butterflies and the protected English bluebell, yet is still just 25 miles from Marble Arch. By planting an additional 600,000 trees, creating wildflower meadows and laying miles of footpaths and bridleways, we will create the largest new native forest in England that is within easy reach of millions of people.

Click HERE for a map of Sandridge in Hertfordshire adjacent to Heartwood Forest. 

When you first arrive at Heartwood Forest, it may seem like the site is only open farmland and that there is not much to look at in terms of woodland. However, there is more there than first meets the eye. There are three blocks of ancient woodland totalling 44 acres. This habitat is the UK’s equivalent of the rainforest, supporting more species that any other UK landscape.

The ancient woods at Heartwood Forest, are superb examples of oak and hornbeam woodland, and if you visit in the spring you will see impressive displays of bluebells and wood anemones. If lucky, you may also see buzzards circling above the woods, hunting for food. There are some new hedges which have been planted, and you will also see some really old hedges containing hazel, field maple, blackthorn and hawthorn which are an important feature for both wildlife and the landscape. As you walk around, catch the great views back to Sandridge village and the tower of St Leonard church.

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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015

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