After our AGM in November, we enjoyed a new Powerpoint presentation, by Alister Barclay, on the Woodland Trust and, in particular, this woodland creation site near Sandridge.
The Woodland Trust was set up about 40 years ago, to create new woodland, protect ancient woodland and inspire people of all ages to become involved with these aims. In England there is only 8% of the land surface that is tree covered and only 2% is with native trees, like oak, beech, hornbeam, birch and rowan. The Trust aims to double this area by planting two million native trees a year into the future. They feel that every child should have the chance to plant a tree and that there should be a wood with open access close to everyone’s home.
Heartwood, just north of St Albans, is in the process of being created. Planting began in 2009 on the agricultural land that forms most of the site. There are three small ancient woodlands within the site, Langley Wood, which is brilliant at bluebell time, Round Wood, a coppiced wood, and Pudlers Wood. The Trust have addressed two local requests here. A new car park is under construction and has been well landscaped within what will become woodland in the future and they have begun to plant a community orchard for Sandridge village.
The Trust has recently launched a new Jubilee Woods project to create 60 special diamond woods, one to represent each year of our Queen’s reign. Work on thirty of these has already begun. Find out more on the trust’s website www.woodlandtrust.org.uk