The Heartwood Environmental Monitoring Volunteer Group has been honoured with a special Award by the Chairman of the Woodland Trust, Nicola Nicholls. On 12 December Nicola (7th from left) joined members of the group at Heartwood to unveil a plaque dedicating part of the newly planted woodland to the Monitoring group.

From the left Ian Flack, Linda McArdle, Andrew Steele, Brian Legg, Linda Smith, Ken Smith, Nicola Nicholls, Albert Callewaert, Louise Neicho, Pete Cutforth, Geoff Horn and Colin Shawyer.


The Heartwood Environmental Monitoring Group was formed in 2010 by the Woodland Trust and Hertfordshire Natural History Society under the joint chairmanship of Brian Legg and Ken Smith. Members of the Group were nominated for and won the Woodland Trust 2015 Willow Award, given for the best collaborative achievement.

?This monitoring group has developed over the last six years into a multi-disciplinary team of around 40 exceptionally talented and knowledgeable individuals. The volunteers are from Herts Natural History Society, Woodland Trust  and people interested in the wildlife of Heartwood. Although many are professionals in their field, others have been welcomed into the group has and have been inspired to take training courses to further their interests. The group is currently recording ancient woodland and an array of mammals, birds, insects, fungi and flora. The team work tirelessly in all weather and at all times of the day.?

The environmental Monitoring Group reviewing the results of the 2015 monitoring work and planning the projects for 2016. Would you like to join us contact Louise Neicho at Woodland Trust by email.

The Woodland Trust announced its annual Volunteer Awards in November and Heartwood Forest volunteers featured heavily in them. As well as the Environmental Monitoring Group, Richard Inglis was nominated for the Bluebell Award, for the best guardian of woods and  trees, and Linda Smith was nominated for the Acorn Award for the most inspiring volunteer. They were presented with the awards at a special lunch event in Leeds in November.



A fantastic achievement and congratulations are due to all involved! See more information at the Heartwood Forest website.

Photographs ? Christina Joachim, Brian Legg, Andrew Steele and Linda Smith.