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Heartwood Forest Car Park, St. Albans

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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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  • I walk here several times a week with my 7 month old cockerpoo, I love it because it safe, clean and I'd say 99% of people are friendly. I walk a different route every time I go, I get lost but it doe...  more »
  • Have been twice in a few months, first to the see the bluebells - this was stunning, then today with my two daughters (7 and 4) both enjoyed making a den in the designated play area.  more »
  • Heartwood Forest is located about 1/4 mile north of the Hertfordshire village of Sandridge, and just a few miles from St. Albans. The wooded areas are rightly famous for their colourful Springtime dis...  more »
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  • This new Forrest is still new enough to see over the trees. Lovely views. Old woods full of blue bells
  • Fantastic walking paths across fields and through woods. Fantastic bluebells - far better than Ashridge Park. Great place to walk the dog too.
  • 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.
  • As good as a car park gets. No toilets.