The site, in the heart of London’s Green Belt, already boasts four remnants (covering 45 acres) of precious ancient woodland, and is home to an abundant bird of prey population including barn owls, English bluebells and a selection of veteran lime trees, yet is just 25 miles from Marble Arch.
Visitors can currently explore hundreds of acres of newly accessible land, including the four pockets of ancient woodland. The remaining areas are still being farmed, but as new areas are taken under the care of the Trust, they will be opened up to visitors to explore. The landscape character is typically Hertfordshire; gently undulating lying over a ridge between two dry valleys, with a fairly flat top to the ridge and in places steeper slopes. The landscape is divided by hedges with scattered trees throughout. The agriculture is arable cropping on the clay, with flint soils overlying chalk. Patches of mixed broadleaved woodland, containing old coppice of hornbeam as well as ash, beech, oak and other native broadleaves are also a feature, generally averaging 5-10 ha in size.
Heartwood Forest is located either side of the B651 between Sandridge and Wheathampstead Village and 2.5 miles north of St Albans City Centre in Hertfordshire.
There are currently 12 different entrance points into the forest which are well linked to existing footpaths and bridleways.
Find out more on the Heartwood Forest website: www.heartwoodforest.wordpress.com/access-info
Awards and accreditations
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Address and contact details
Outside Sandridge village, just north of St Albans.
The car park is situated off the B651, the main road that runs from Sandridge to Wheathampstead. The nearest postcode is AL4 9DQ - follow the brown signs