Sandridge’s Heartwood Forest gets final tree-planting of the spring

HUNDREDS of supporters of the new community forest in Sandridge came out to take part in the last community planting of the spring on Saturday.

Around 800 people turned up to plant 10,000 trees in the sunshine which brings the total number of trees planted entirely by volunteers at Heartwood Forest since November 2009 to 210,000.

All the trees are going towards the Woodland Trust’s aim of doubling native woodland cover across the UK as part of its More Trees, More Good campaign.

Site manager, Louise Neicho, said: We’ve had such fantastic support at the site from local people and to see 800 people turn up at the weekend goes to show that people really want to make this into something special.

“Every tree planted makes a difference and helps us towards our tree planting targets.”

n Willmott Dixon, the contractors for the new Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre in St Albans, have joined in the tree-planting efforts at Heartwood Forest.

Over 60 people from the company’s office at Hitchin and the team building Westminster Lodge spent nearly a day planting 1,664 small trees at the 850-acre forest.