Events at Heartwood Forest

There are events throughout the year at Heartwood Forest – 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 booked in advance, so make sure to read the booking information for any events that you would like to attend.

Community tree planting, Sunday 11 March 10am3pm 

Your last chance to plant a tree with us and make your mark on this extraordinary landscape! Simply grab a spade and bring your friends and family. We will provide trees and show you how to plant them, just make sure you wrap up warm and wear wellies or boots.

Park in our main car park and we will be running shuttle buses to and from the planting site.

There will be a catering tent for you to buy refreshments if you wish.

Free! Booking not necessary.

If you have any queries regarding our community planting days please email the team at: heartwood@woodlandtrust.org.uk 

Young boy and lady planting tree at Heartwood Forest
Guided walk at Heatwood Forest

Landscape history walk, Sunday 18 March 11am12.30pm

Join us for a guided walk of around 1.5 miles, taking in the 'top 10' events in geological and human history which have shaped the landscape you see at Heartwood.

Meet in the main car park.

Places limited to 15, so advance booking essential.

To book please visit our events page.

Final tree ceremony, 25 March 12.30–3pm (ceremony 1pm)

Join us to celebrate the culmination of 10 years hard work and happiness at this amazing new woodland.

Witness the final tree being planted, visit our exhibition, and more.

For more information please call 01476 581111.

Free! Booking not necessary.

Follow the self-guided waymarked trail from the car park to the site of the final tree (approximately 15min walk).

Tree planting ceremony at Heartwood Forest
Ramblers walking on path beside bluebells in Heartwood Forest

Understanding carbon capture by new woodland, Saturday 28 April 11.30am–1pm

Supporting the 'St Albans Sustainability Week' we present a guided walk of about two miles around Heartwood Forest, learning about the 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.

Meet in the main car park.

Places limited to 15, so advance booking essential. To book please visit our events page.

Cost £5 per person.

Bat walk, Friday 11 May 8–9.30pm

Batty about trees? Join us for a twilight ramble and learn more about the fascinating ecology of the bat species that roost in the trees at Heartwood. During the walk, you will also get a chance to test drive some specialised equipment, designed to detect the sounds bats use to 'see' in the dark.

Places limited to 30, so advance booking essential. To book please visit our events page.

Cost £5 per person.

Boy and girl bat watching at night in Heartwood Forest
Wooden gate entrance to Heartwood Forest

Arboretum walk, Saturday 19 May 2-4pm

Join us for an introduction to England's newest and largest arboretum of native trees and shrubs. You will see 60 different species and learn the fascinating history of how they have been used over the centuries. They are still small saplings, but you will be able to watch them grow in coming years.

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

Places limited to 20, so advance booking essential. To book please visit our events page.

Cost £5 per person.

Dawn chorus walk, Sunday 13 May 6-9am

Be an early bird and meet our experts for a dawn walk. Polish your birdwatching skills and catch up with our feathered friends as they prepare for breeding season.

Places limited to 12, so advance booking essential. To book please visit our events page.

Cost £5 per person.

Sunrise among trees in Heartwood Forest
Wild bird spotting at Heartwood Forest

Morning birds and birdsong, Sunday 20  May 9-11am

Enjoy a wonderful guided walk with our expert birder around Heartwood, listening out for the beautiful spring bird song... and maybe learn one or two new calls as you go!

Places limited to 15, so advance booking essential. To book please visit our events page.

Cost £5 per person.

Discovering Heartwood walk, Saturday 26 May 10.30am–12.30pm

Let us introduce you to the magical place that is 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 this site, including ancient woods, newly planted woodland, wild flower meadows and grasslands.

Places limited to 10 people, so advance booking essential. To book please visit our events page.

Cost £5 per person.

Tree planting at Heartwood Forest

‘Heartwoof’ dog day, Sunday 3 June 11am-4pm

Enjoy a fun day out with your furry friends! Have a go at our dog agility course, try out some taster training sessions with your pooch and browse stalls full of canine delights.

The Woodland Trust team will be on hand to give advice and chat about dog walking in our woods.

Heartwood through the lens, Tuesday 19 June 10.30am–12.30pm

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.

Places limited to six people and advance booking essential.

To book please visit our events page. Cost is £5 per person.

If raining on the 19th June, the walk will be cancelled and the alternative date of 20th June offered.

Two male photographers taking close ups of woodland flowers
Lady photographing woodland

Heartwood through the lens, Tuesday 26 June 10.30am–12.30pm

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.

Places limited to six people and advance booking essential.

If raining on the 26th June, the walk will be cancelled and the alternative date of 27th June offered.

To book please visit our events page.

Cost is £5 per person.

Butterfly walk, Sunday 30 June 11am–1pm

Take a summer walk through the woodland and learn how to spot some of our native species of butterfly that live here along the way.

Places limited to 20, and advance booking essential. To book please visit our events page.

Cost £5 per person.

If it's raining on the 26th June, the walk will be cancelled and the alternative of 27th June offered.

Close up of butterflies in grass
Man showing two small children how to paint

Summer festival, Saturday 7 July 11am–4pm

Come along to our annual summer festival and join in with activities for all ages, including minibeast hunts, a yoga session, guided walks, woodland crafts, face painting and even a spot of axe throwing!

Advance booking is essential. To book please visit our events page.

Heartwood Nature Detectives, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 August, timed tickets

Calling all budding Nature Detectives! Join us for an adventure at our first ever Nature Detectives LIVE event. Explore, imagine, play and discover with hands-on activities, puzzle-solving games and lots more fun to be had!

Advance booking essential. To book please visit our events page.

Ticket times are:
10-11am
11-12am
1-2pm
2-3pm

Small girl with magnifying glass looking at stag beetle
Aerial photograph of Heartwood Forest

Arboretum walk, Saturday 1 September 2-4pm

Join us for an introduction to England's newest and largest arboretum of native trees and shrubs. You will see 60 different species and learn the fascinating history of how they have been used over the centuries. They are still small saplings, but you will be able to watch them grow in coming years.

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

Places limited to 20 people, so advance booking essential. To book please visit our events page.

Cost £5 per person.