Be part of Heartwood's future

Heartwood came into our care in 2008. Since then, and with the help of volunteers, local people and supporters from around the UK, we've planted more than half a million trees here.

But it's an evolving landscape, and one that still needs your support.

Trees for people

We aimed big, and in 2019 completed the planting of 600,000 trees thanks to a huge community effort. We've created a free, natural space for everyone to enjoy. The young forest offers an escape from city life. And it gives all the chance to reconnect with nature.

Heartwood Forest is the largest new native forest in England - planted by people, for people. 

Trees for wildlife

By planting trees here, we're transforming a site with little wildlife value into beautiful broadleaved woodland. It connects Heartwood's remnants of ancient and established woodland with the wider countryside and provides a protected home for a wealth of important wildlife.

You make our work possible

We can't do any of this without you. We have thousands more special woods like Heartwood, all over the UK, which we work tirelessly to care for and restore.

We are currently asking supporters to donate to us using JustGiving, an online fundraising platform that raises money on behalf of the Woodland Trust.

Whatever you choose to give, donating through JustGiving is secure, quick and cost effective, so more money goes directly towards achieving our vision for woods and trees.

Visit for yourself

A Woodland Trust Wood

Heartwood Forest


346.72 ha (856.75 acres)

Explore this wood


Woodland Walks with Adam Shaw - Heartwood, St Albans

Adam Shaw  •  28 May 2019

Adam Shaw hosts the new Woodland Trust podcast – Woodland Walks. Our debut episode explores the largest new native woodland in England, Heartwood Forest.