Events at Heartwood Forest

There are events throughout the year at Heartwood – find out more below and check back for updates regularly to make sure you don't miss out on anything. Some events need to be reserved in advance, so please read the booking information closely.

Bluebell Photography Walk, Thursday 25 April 10am–12pm

As the bluebells of Heartwood begin to emerge, join us for a walk around Heartwood Forest to photograph the bluebells at their best with two experienced photographers. Meet in the main car park.

Advance booking essential as places are limited.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

The ground will be muddy and uneven in places, so please dress appropriately. We recommend warm, waterproof clothing and wellies or boots.

Cost £5 per person.

More information and how to book

Expect a bluebell carpet in spring (Photo: Judith Parry/WTML)

Dawn Chorus Walk (with breakfast), Sunday 5 May 6–10am

Be an early bird and join our experts for a dawn walk. Polish your birdwatching skills and catch up with our feathered friends as they prepare for breeding season. Followed by breakfast at the Heartwood Tea Rooms. Meet in the main car park.

Advance booking essential as places are limited to 12 people.

Cost £12 per person (includes breakfast at the Heartwood Tea Rooms).

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

More information and how to book

An extra walk will be run on Sunday 12 May if there is the demand.

Twilight Bat Walk, Friday 10 May 8.15–10pm

A twilight ramble through the forest to learn more about the fascinating ecology of the bat species that roost in our trees at Heartwood. During the walk, you'll also get a chance to test some specialised equipment, designed to detect the sounds bats use to see in the dark.

Advance booking essential as places are limited.

Cost £5 per person and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

The ground will be muddy and uneven in places, so please dress appropriately. We recommend warm, waterproof clothing and wellies or boots. Meet in the main car park.

More information and how to book

(Photo: Dan Lee/WTML)

An introduction to Heartwood Forest guided walk, Saturday 25 May 10.30am–12.30pm

Let us introduce you to Heartwood Forest, and learn a little more about the work of the Woodland Trust. This walk will take in many of the key features of the site, including ancient woods, newly planted woodland, wild flower meadows and grasslands.

Advance booking essential as places are limited.

Cost £5 per person. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

The ground will be muddy and uneven in places, so please dress appropriately. We recommend warm, waterproof clothing and wellies or boots.

More information and how to book

Garden of Trees: Walk and Talk, Sunday 26 May 2–4pm

Join us for an introduction to England's newest and largest arboretum of native trees and shrubs. You'll see 60 different species and learn the fascinating history of how they have been used over the centuries. They may still be small saplings but amongst them there are giants waiting to grow.

Park in the Nomansland Common car park, Ferrers Lane, between the village of Sandridge and Wheathampstead; meet your leader there at 2pm to start the walk.

Advance booking essential as places are limited.

Cost £5 per person.

More information and how to book

Carbon Capture Walk: discover Heartwood Forest's climate benefit, Wednesday 29 May 6–8pm

Supporting the ‘St Albans Sustainability Festival’ we present a guided walk of about two miles around Heartwood Forest, learning about Carbon Capture benefits of planting woodlands. We will contrast the 'carbon footprint' of new woodland with the prior agricultural use, and highlight the significance of consumer food choices on how much land is taken by agriculture.

Advance booking essential as places are limited.

Cost £5 per person. Meet in main car park.

More information and how to book

‘Heartwoof’ Dog Day, Sunday 2 June 10am–3pm

Enjoy a fun day out with your furry friends, enter our dog show and sample some canine-themed stalls and activities for you and your pooch. Chat to the team from the Woodland Trust for advice about dog-walking in our woods.

Admission free. Booking not necessary.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and please dress appropriately for the weather. Insect repellent is advised in warmer weather.

Park in the main car park, situated off the B651, the main road which runs from Sandridge to Wheathampstead (postcode AL4 9DQ).

More information and how to book

Small blue butterfly (Photo: Iain Leach/UKbutterflies.co.uk)

Small Blue Butterflies Walk, Sunday 9 June 10am–12.30pm

Join our experts as we hunt for the rarest butterfly species at Heartwood – the Small Blue. In 2018, the Woodland Trust joined forces with the Butterfly Conservation Trust to work together to strengthen the population of our smallest resident butterfly.

Find out more about this partnership and how the butterfly is doing at Heartwood.

Advance booking essential as places are limited.

Cost £5 per person.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and please dress appropriately for the weather – the ground can be muddy and uneven in places. Insect repellent is advised in warmer weather.

More information and how to book

Spring Equinox Awakening Yoga Workshop (run by Woodland Yoga), Friday 21 June 19.30-20.30

This celebration will take time to honour Mother Nature’s energy and create a moving meditation so that our attentions can turn inwards and finish with deeply grounding yin and yoga nidra.

No experience necessary but a willingness to be in nature in all weathers essential!

Cost £20 if booked and paid before 2 March, £25 after.

What to wear and bring: lots of thin warm layers, yoga mat, blanket and water.

For more information and to book visit www.woodlandyoga.co.uk

(Photo: Louise Neicho)

Heartwood Forest through the lens, Wednesday 26 June 10am–12pm

Explore Heartwood through a lens: join this walk around the forest and take the opportunity to photograph the wild flower meadows and developing woodland under the guidance of two experienced Heartwood photographers.

Cost £5 per person. Limited places are available.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and please dress appropriately for the weather and terrain – which can be muddy and uneven in places. Insect repellent is advised in warmer weather.

Meet in main car park, situated off the B651 (AL4 9DQ).

 More information and how to book

Family Butterfly Walk, Saturday 30 June 10-11.30am

Join our butterfly experts for a family friendly walk around Heartwood. Discover just how many butterflies there are and where best to spot them. All ages welcome.

Advance booking essential as places are limited.

£3 per person (under 3s free).

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and please dress appropriately for the weather and terrain – it can be muddy and uneven in places. Insect repellent is advised in warmer weather!

Park in the main car park, situated off the B651 – the main road which runs from Sandridge to Wheathampstead (postcode AL4 9DQ).

 More information and how to book

Moth Trapping, Friday 12 July 9.30pm–12am

Join our local expert as we set up and check moth traps at Heartwood and identify what we find. Please bring a torch!

Advance booking essential as places are limited.

Cost is £5 per person.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress appropriately for the weather and terrain – the ground may be muddy and uneven in places. Insect repellent is advised in warmer weather!

Park in the main car park, situated off the B651 – the main road that runs from Sandridge to Wheathampstead (postcode AL4 9DQ).

 More information and how to book

Twilight Walk, Friday 2 August 8–10pm

Explore Heartwood as the sun sets. Our expert will guide you through the dusk chorus, and the sights and sounds as day turns to night. Please bring a torch!

Advance booking essential as places are limited.

Cost £5 per person.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and please dress appropriately for the weather – the ground may be muddy and uneven in places. Insect repellent is advised in warmer weather!
    
Meet in the main car park, situated off the B651, the main road which runs from Sandridge to Wheathampstead (postcode AL4 9DQ).

 More information and how to book

Nature Detectives Live, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 August

Calling all budding Nature Detectives! Are you ready to solve a wild mystery? Join us and some tree-loving friends for a fun-packed detective session at Heartwood Forest. Explore, imagine, play and discover with hands-on activities, puzzle-solving games and much more!

Advance booking essential as places are limited.

NB: there will be timed sessions throughout the day.

More information coming soon!

Heartwood Forest Fungi Walk, Autumn TBC

Join mycology experts from Hertfordshuire and Bedfordshire Fungi group as they survey Heartwood, identifying and recording fungi.

Advance booking essential as places are limited.

Cost £5 per person.

Meet in the main car park.

More information coming soon!