Wild about the Wild Service Tree

Do you recognise this cream-coloured bud? It’s one you may have seen blooming on trees around this time of year… Which trees? The HoEF tree experts are here to help you. This delightful bud belongs to torminalist torminalis, also known as the Wild Service Tree or...

The planting season is over, finally!

Head forester Stephen Coffey reports on progress. Wow, what a long planting season we’ve had. We started in the last week of November and finished in the third week of April – which meant we could plant over 140,000 trees and create a further 314 acres of new native...

The great bird survey results are in…

Last autumn and over the winter months, ecological consultants Rainsbrook Ecology carried out a bird survey across the 2,900 acres that currently make up the Heart of England Forest. The aim was to compile a species list for each area of the forest, to show the...

Woodland rehab

Gary Kirkpatrick has been involved with the Heart of England Forest since last summer, when he was introduced to the forestry team through his Recovery Career Service director. An ex-Army Officer, Gary was seriously injured in training in 2006. After three years in...

Felix Dennis honoured by the Hagge Woods Trust

The environmental legacy of Felix Dennis, one of Britain’s most successful entrepreneurs, poets and planter of trees, was recently honoured at a North Yorkshire community woodland. Founder of the Heart of England Forest charity, Felix Dennis, who died last year, was a...

Get your coat!

 When her school gave her a spare afternoon a week for work experience, 17-year-old Katie Hillier headed straight to the forest… ‘On Wednesday afternoons, my school allows us to do work experience. I’m interested in biology and conservation and I wanted to do...

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