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Heartwood Forest Car Park, St. Albans

(4.3/5 based on 70 reviews on the web)
Heartwood Forest is a planned forest (woodland creation site) in Hertfordshire, England. The plans were set out in 2008 by the Woodland Trust to create the largest new forest of native tree species of approximately 347+ ha (850 acres) in size, and is expected to take around 12 years.The site, near Sandridge, St Albans in the Metropolitan Green Belt, was formerly agricultural land, but also currently contains around 18 ha (45 acres) of remaining ancient woodland, which will be integrated into the new woodland.On 9 December, 2009, a Guinness World Record attempt was made for the 'BBC Tree O'clock ' scheme, in association with the Woodland Trust to plant the most new trees as possible in one hour, with three woodland sites making the attempt, the Heartwood Forest, Hainault Forest and Gransha Park. The previous record being 18,124 which was held by the Forestry Commission at a site in Scotland. The Heartwood Forest site managed to come second, with 20,326, being beaten by Gransha Park where they planted over 26,000 trees in the hour.
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  • Areas of old woodland in a large area of newly planted woods. Plenty of space to walk or play with lots of wildlife and flowers in the summer. Muddy after rain and in the winter. 
  • Have visited here on a number of occasions including the centenary of the first war and was totally stunned by a local field close to the entrance to this wood that had been planted with wild flowers ...  more »
  • Nice walk, even in wet weather as a path to walk on. Lots of dog bins and a car park. Has signs about the wildlife and carved animals along the path, the wooden badgers are lovely. Would recommend and...  more »
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  • Already a beautiful place to walk or run, as the trees grow the potential is becoming clearer. Will be amazing
  • If you enjoy wildlife then this probably isn't a place to visit, with the stream of kids and parents who don't give a dam if they annoy people, with the stream of dog walkers and other people who can't seem to respect anything in site such as not walking on blue bells, not walking through meadows (when there are no footpaths there- no matter though they seem to make their own) and letting themselves decide where the footpaths are on ancient woodlands, it ruins the reserve, the woodland trust clearly puts in a lot of hard work to make the reserve what it is, but its just the majority of the people who visit seem to do a great job at ruining the reserve and my visit.
  • Heartwood forest has ample parking to enjoy the multiple forests you can walk to. And great for kids where you can make dens in the forest.
  • Fair amount of parking spaces, the road leading to the parking lot is a bit frustrating...one lane with a lot of speed bumps. Other than that it can be a lovely couple of hours outside in the nature.
  • Pick up after your dog ...ALWAYS !! Have pride in your open spaces.