Working with the Woodland Trust to plant 3,000 trees in a day
Gipping Press teamed up with the Premier Paper Group, the Woodland Trust and TV’s Julia Bradbury to help plant 3,000 trees at Heartwood Forest.
On Thursday 27th November 2017, at 9:30am and with the temperature just touching 3˚C; for most people it was ‘business as usual’, but that’s not the case for Danny and 150 other supporters of the Carbon Capture scheme, as we made the journey across the country to the jewel, that is Heartwood Forest, hidden in the Hertfordshire countryside.
Located just north of St Albans, in the quaint and picturesque village of Sandridge lies Heartwood Forest; initially mixed farm land, Heartwood Forest was acquired by the Woodland Trust in 2008 and its vast 347 hectare (860 acre) estate is now home to pockets of existing ancient woodland and new plantations, combined with wild flower meadows and a serene community orchard.
Arriving at this stunning Woodland Trust site, we were greeted with a choice of freshly brewed teas and coffees as well as hot sandwiches produced locally bya friendly family run business. After breakfast, introductory speeches were given by Premier Paper and TV’s Julia Bradbury before taking to the field with a shovel and a sapling for a special tree planting demonstration from The Woodland Trust’s Tim Kirwin.
We all worked tirelessly alongside the Woodland Trust and Julia Bradbury to plant saplings of native trees such as cherry, hazel, oak and dog wood. The team of dedicated planters went above and beyond the Woodland Trust’s target of 2,000 trees to ensure 3,000 saplings in total were planted on the day. This planting day will be one of the last at Heartwood as the Woodland Trust’s planting project at the site comes to a close; Gipping Press have been part of the planting at Heartwood Forest for the last four years. As the trees mature the new woodland will provide not only a stunning landscape with obvious environmental benefits but also habitats to an array of wildlife; from buzzards to woodpeckers, foxes to deer and countless species of butterfly and other insects native to the area.
Back at base, a lunch of homemade soup and pasties was being prepared signalling the end of a good mornings work. Many of the guests were then treated to a guided walk through Heartwood Forest and all went away with Woodland Trust goody bags containing copies of Julia Bradbury’s latest book and DVD. From its launch to beginning of 2017, the Carbon Capture programme has raised over £500,000 for the Woodland Trust.