september, 2019

14sep10:00 am4:00 pmCentral region volunteer conference: Saturday 14th September - Heartwood, near St Albans


Event Details

Heartwood Forest is a really special site and an absolutely amazing place to host a volunteer network event. It is truly a remarkable place with a remarkable story. The 347 hectare site was acquired by the Woodland Trust in 2008 and in 2009 work began to convert farmland at the former Hill End Farm, north of Sandridge, into deciduous woodland. Over the course of 10 years 600,000 trees were planted – all by volunteers! Newly planted areas also include a community orchard on site, and an arboretum, featuring all 57 of our native tree species. Not only is there new woodland at Heartwood, but also ancient bluebell woodland, old hedgerows and wildflower areas.

Volunteers are truly at the heart of Heartwood Forest and they have always played an integral part in the management of the site. Many of these volunteers were involved in the project at its inception, saw the first trees go into the ground and planted many, many trees themselves. They take part in practical conservation work, lead guided walks, monitor wildlife species, assist with events, volunteer as wardens and engage with members of the public to give a few examples.

During this event you will find out more about the work that has been carried out at Heartwood, have the opportunity to meet Heatwood volunteers and take part in a guided walk around the site. Woodland Trust staff who lead our campaigns will be there to share with you their work, including the Tree Charter and the work of our ‘Woods under Threat’ detectors. You will be provided with volunteer updates and the chance to network with other volunteers.

Lunch and refreshments are included– just let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

Event details are:

Where: Sandridge village Hall, 39 High Street Sandridge St Albans AL4 9DD

When: Saturday 14th September 2019

Time: 10am-4pm


10.00 – 10.20       Arrival, tea and coffee

10.20-10.40         Welcome and updates – Amanda Brookes (Volunteer Development Officer)

10.40-11.30         Campaigns and Woods under threat detectors – Sarah Cooley and Naomi Tilley

11.30 -11.45        Tea and coffee

11.45 – 12.15      Tree Charter: building a social movement – Sarah Shorley

12.15-12.45         Welcome to Heartwood Forest – Heartwood volunteers

12.45 – 13.30       Lunch (buffet lunch provided)

13.30 – 15.30       Guided walk led by Heartwood volunteers

15.30 – 16.00       Thanks and feedback


*Agenda order and timings may vary slightly


Please wear waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear and bring along some binoculars if you have a pair.


Booking is essential so that we can plan our resources, so if you would like to come along, contact Amanda Brookes (07917895071 Please confirm your place with us and let us know if you have any dietary requirements by 12th August 2019.


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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