Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Heartwood Forest

Last weekend we took the children for a day out to the summer festival at Heartwood Forest. This beautiful woodland situated in Sandridge (nr St Albans and Harpenden) is the largest new native forest in England spanning 858 acres of land. It's a wonderful place and we only found out about it via a friend so I thought I would share it on my blog as it is definitely worth a visit!

As well as enjoying the festival where there was facepainting, survival skills and storytelling we went for a ramble through the magical woodland where there are plenty of dens to explore and trees to climb. The children had a great time sword fighting with sticks and making a see-saw out of an old log!

Parts of the woodland date back to 1600 AD and there are new woodland and wildflower fields being planted all the time. In fact you can get involved in the planting yourself too. Heartwood Forest run tree planting events in November, December and March where volunteers can help plant the forest. We are definitely going to do this with the children as its a great way to teach them about nature and to feel that we have made a lasting impact on our local environment.

For more information about Heartwood Forest and volunteer events go to www.heartwoodforest.wordpress.com or call 01476 581111


  1. That looks like such a great place to go with the children for a bit of quality family time. I love the log sew saw, kids have the best imaginations and the countryside can really bring it out! Thank you for sharing this gem with me on Country Kids.

  2. oh that looks fun, we went to a wood festival in our local forest recently and I have a nearly identical photo of my son and his friend in a log den. They are just right for kids aren't they. Stopping by from Country kids

  3. Love that top photo, truly magical and one to treasure. I tried to get The Boy to do one of those earlier and he just looked at me like I'd gone off!

    Popping over from Country Kids

  4. That looks lots of fun.

    Visiting via Country Kids

  5. looks like a lot of fun...& very similar to the afternoon out that we had at the forest yesterday.

  6. love visiting woods and your first photo showing that wooden teepee would keep my two entertained for ages. x