2016 has been a remarkable year for the Heart of England Forest, with a number of standout moments that will define it for anyone who has supported or been involved in the project. The man charged with ensuring our ambitious tree planting programme stays on track is Head Forester Stephen Coffey. Here he recalls five moments that will linger long in his memory…
Did you know that holly was the original Christmas tree? Long before the Victorians introduced the custom of decorating fir trees in our homes, holly was traditionally used to herald the arrival of the festive season.
Here at the Heart of England Forest we are always looking out for our birdlife, especially in wintertime when they can find food hard to come by. You, too, can do your bit by fashioning a simple but attractive Christmas wreath that doubles up as a magnet for hungry birds.
McFarlane Telfer has been a dedicated friend of the Heart of England Forest since 2011 and together we have been able to plant an incredible 5,000 trees!
When you visit you will have the chance to spot some of the wide range of feathered friends, from the water-loving winged wonders around the forest’s wetland areas, to the more land-loving species elsewhere in the forest. Here’s our guide to just a few that you could look out for.
With the help of some of the pathways and tracks around the Heart of England Forest, one local cycle club’s riders are on the fast track to success.