Success! The forest’s first volunteering day

On 4 August, we had our very first volunteering day here at the forest, and it could not have gone better! All of our incredible volunteers arrived at 9.30am and began pulling up weeds in the nursery, helping to clear the ground in preparation for our seed sowing.

Led by our Head Forester, Stephen, the tall weeds were removed while the volunteers learned more about the forest and the types of plants and animals that live there.

Bats, trees and biodiversity

For years now, bats have had a bad reputation. Featured in British horror novels like Dracula, they are considered more than a little creepy.

However, bats are actually a vital part of a forest’s ecosystem.

Reforestation at the Heart of England Forest

Trees and plants absorb carbon-dioxide, or CO2, which is a thick greenhouse gas that insulates the Earth’s atmosphere. Unfortunately, deforestation, the mass decline of forests for agricultural and industrial purposes, has meant that there have been increasingly less trees to absorb the growing amount of gas in the environment.

Forest Warden

Meet the forest guardians: volunteer warden Craig Hunt

I’ve been working in the forest since April – but walking through it for much longer! As I already walked the newly planted fields with my collie, and had the time and energy to contribute to the good work going on, it seemed logical to volunteer.

Outdoor pursuits

Like anything else in the natural world, trees are happiest and healthiest in an environment that suits them. Over thousands of years, each species adapts to the soil type and weather conditions of its local environment, and it’s this balance that then ensures a woodland can grow and thrive.

The Heart of England Forest