Having ended the 2016-17 planting season with another 180,000 new native broadleaf trees planting in the Heart of England Forest we are proud to announce this has led us to reach the milestone of 1.6 million trees planted since 1996. What exciting news!
Head Forester Stephen Coffey says: “It’s been a fantastic planting season, and we’ve been so busy that the extraordinary milestone nearly passed us by!” Chief Executive, Beth Brook is equally thrilled: “A huge thank you goes to our planting team and growing group of wonderful volunteers who even took on Storm Doris earlier in the season, planting 4045 trees in just one day.”
Featured recently on BBC1 Countryfile the Heart of England Forest, founded by the late publisher & poet Felix Dennis who died in 2014, is responsible for planting the largest new native broadleaf woodland in England.
Felix, whose vision it was to create a 30,000 acre forest in the heart of England, a place of natural beauty for future generations to enjoy and wildlife to thrive, would have turned 70 years old this month. The Heart of England Forest will be marking his birthday on the 27th May by holding a fundraising day, opening the gates to his magical Garden of Heroes & Villains. Featuring over 50 life-sized bronze sculptures of some of histories greats, a yew hedge maze, poetry shard garden and more, there is something for everyone.