Final trees planted in decade long forest project

PUBLISHED: 16:06 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:06 22 March 2018

Chair of the Woodland Trust Barbara Young, Baroness Young of Old Scone presents a plaque awarding Sandringham School a gold award as a green tree school from the Woodland Trust. Picture: Danny Loo

Chair of the Woodland Trust Barbara Young, Baroness Young of Old Scone presents a plaque awarding Sandringham School a gold award as a green tree school from the Woodland Trust. Picture: Danny Loo

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The final trees in a new forest, which is set to be England’s biggest new native woodland, have now been planted.

Herts County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Waste Management Terry Douris and Sandringham School year 7 pupils plant some of the last trees to complete the Woodland Trust Heartwood Forest project in Sandridge as part of Sustainability week during British Science Week. Picture: Danny Loo.Herts County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Waste Management Terry Douris and Sandringham School year 7 pupils plant some of the last trees to complete the Woodland Trust Heartwood Forest project in Sandridge as part of Sustainability week during British Science Week. Picture: Danny Loo.

During the course of ten years about 45,000 volunteers from across Hertfordshire have been involved in planting Heartwood Forest in Sandridge as part of a project run by the Woodland Trust.

There are now 600,000 new trees at the site, which sit alongside ancient woodland, new wildflower meadows, walking trials, and a community orchard.

Last week students from Sandringham School went to plant the final saplings and make a pledge for each seed, including some in memory of lost loved ones or to represent their education.

Two sixth form students involved in the finale had been the first children to plant a tree at the start of the project.

Sandringham School year 7 pupils plant some of the last trees to complete the Woodland Trust Heartwood Forest project in Sandridge as part of Sustainability week during British Science Week. Picture: Danny LooSandringham School year 7 pupils plant some of the last trees to complete the Woodland Trust Heartwood Forest project in Sandridge as part of Sustainability week during British Science Week. Picture: Danny Loo

The pupils met with chair of the Woodland Trust Baroness Barbara Young, and cabinet member for education at Herts county council, Cllr Terry Douris.

Sandringham headteacher Alan Gray said: “It’s fantastic to see so many of our pupils getting involved in such a worthwhile project.

“Not only does this teach them about the environment, but in today’s society where everything they want can be attained at the touch of a button through a smart phone, it also teaches them that waiting a little longer to see a project through to fruition can be so rewarding.”

He hopes the students will one day enjoy Heartwood with their families.

Sandringham School year 7 pupils plant some of the last trees to complete the Woodland Trust Heartwood Forest project in Sandridge as part of Sustainability week during British Science Week. Picture: Danny LooSandringham School year 7 pupils plant some of the last trees to complete the Woodland Trust Heartwood Forest project in Sandridge as part of Sustainability week during British Science Week. Picture: Danny Loo

The planting session coincided with British Science Week, and Sandringham’s theme for the week for sustainability.

Cllr Douris said: “I really enjoyed meeting the pupils and teachers from Sandringham School involved in this fantastic project. Not only is the finishing of this forest great news for those volunteers who have been involved for the last ten years, it is also a fantastic asset for Hertfordshire that will hopefully attract new visitors to the area and will be enjoyed by generations for years to come.”

Heartwood is home to an abundance of bluebells in the spring, which are particularly popular with walkers. The new forest will be officially opened on March 25.

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A few years back I was fixing a shed in our garden and had enlisted the help of my young son. We were busy moving rotten pieces of wood from the side of the shed when suddenly I felt sharp stabbing pains in my lower legs. Before I had a chance to investigate my son started screaming in pain and it took a few more seconds to realize that we were trampling on a wasps’ nest!

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