St Albans bluebell wood given national seal of approval

The new wooden gates at Heartwood Forest.

The new wooden gates at Heartwood Forest. - Credit: Archant

A well-loved St Albans woodland has been given a special seal of national approval.

Volunteers have spent seven years planting trees and working to develop the Woodland Trust’s Heartwood Forest, and it is has now been designated a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction by Visit England.

The future forest has a visitor hub, a resurfaced car park and new trails, including the Wildlife Wander, Magical Meander and Heartwood Hike.

Events are planned throughout the summer including a festival, guided walks, and a family picnic day.

Woodland Trust site manager Louise Neicho said: “We’re thrilled to have Heartwood Forest recognised by Visit England, as it stands testimony to the hard work local volunteers have put into making it so wonderful. We hope people take the opportunity to visit the wood this summer, and enjoy all it has to offer – including our new visitor hub and walks.”

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