Arboretum afternoon walk anyone?

September 25th 2017
By: Melanie Hollidge
Arboretum afternoon walk anyone?

The Autumn maybe on its way but there are still plenty of opportunities to get out and about around St Albans and Harpenden. If you fancy an afternoon walk in the recently created Heartwood Arboretum,  England's newest and largest arboretum with all the trees and shrubs native to the British Isles, you can meet at Nomansland Car Park, Heartwood Forest, Sandridge, St Albans  on Saturday 30th September for a tour between 2pm-3:30pm (You need to book in advance).

The Woodland Trust recently acquired the site near Sandridge, just three miles north of St Albans in Hertfordshire, to take on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform the land into the largest new continuous native forest in England. Amazingly it only take 12 years to turn bare land into flourishing native woodland, complete with a diverse range of wildlife and towering trees.
 
At the 858 acres Heartwood Arboretum you can see 60 different species of tree and you can also learn how they have been used over the centuries. At the moment they are still small saplings, but you will be able to watch them grow in coming years.  As the trees grow and develop they will help support local wildlife as well as inform and delight people visiting Hertfordshire for generations to come.
 
The site contains four small remnants (44 acres) of precious ancient woodland, the UK’s equivalent of the rainforest, which amounts to only two per cent of UK land cover. Large areas of woodland are better than small fragments in helping species adapt in the face of climate change. This site will become the flagship in an unprecedented national tree planting campaign.

Booking Donation: £5 per head suggested, payable on the day to book email louiseneicho@woodlandtrust.org.uk or call 07887 988053 
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