Realm of magic

SIR, — We would like to reassure both Vicky Mullins (Herts Advertiser, March 26) and the people of Herts that there is no question of the Woodland Trust either selling or handing over management of any part of our new Heartwood Forest to Disney, or indeed

SIR, - We would like to reassure both Vicky Mullins (Herts Advertiser, March 26) and the people of Herts that there is no question of the Woodland Trust either selling or handing over management of any part of our new Heartwood Forest to Disney, or indeed of any area becoming a theme park.

The "Magical Forest" that Disney is lending its name to will be an integral part of the overall Heartwood Forest planting, and as such will comprise native trees, similar in appearance and character to the rest of the wood.

The Walt Disney Company has a longstanding history of support of local communities and charitable organisations and has been involved with the Woodland Trust in previous campaigns. Its fund-raising through Disney Store UK will deliver valuable financial support to the Trust's fund-raising target of �8.5m to purchase and plant the 858 acres at Heartwood over the next five years - motivated by Disney's desire to connect children and families with England's precious woodland.

By working with one of the world's favourite brands we aim to inspire thousands of children to look after the environment, as well as to create a fantastic woodland which will excite generations of children to come.


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TOBY BANCROFT,

Woodland Trust Heartwood Forest Project Manager.

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