New site manager for Hertfordshire
New site manager for Hertfordshire Luke Shenton met up with Heartwood volunteers Brian Legg. Tim Wright and Edric Williams the other day for a tour of the site.
Brian, Tim and Edric are part of a team of volunteers who have dedicated their time over a number of years to support the planning and planting of certain parts of the Heartwood site including the establishment of a community orchard and arboretum. The arboretum is the only one known in the UK to contain all 57 of our native tree species, including rarities such as the Plymouth pear and the strawberry tree.
Volunteers have been instrumental in the planting of the new woodland; in fact all 600,000 trees were planted by volunteers. A great number of these trees were planted by the Heartwood Woodland Working Group and trees were also planted during community events, by corporate work parties and by children from local schools.
The volunteers help to maintain Langely Wood, which is an ancient bluebell woodland on the Heartwood site. They also assisted with the creation and management of grassland and wildflower meadows, to just name a few conservation activities that they have been involved in! Volunteers also play a vital part in the surveying and monitoring of wildlife on the site, help with events, lead guided walks and lots more! Thanks to all of our volunteers!
Luke will be the volunteer manager for all site- based volunteers in Hertfordshire.
Amanda Brookes – Central