Heartwood Forest parkrun Closure

Heartwood Forest is a beautiful place for a parkrun and every week we have been honoured to walk, jog, run and volunteer in the young forest, admiring some of the best views of Hertfordshire, all thanks to our hosts, the Woodland Trust.

Since our launch on 29 July 2017, we’ve welcomed nearly 1600 participants. We are incredibly proud of the friendly, welcoming and inclusive community that has grown from Heartwood Forest parkrun. We have brought a new, fun, free event to the local community where 64% of people who consider Heartwood Forest parkrun to be their “home” parkrun are truly local to Heartwood Forest itself.

This is a parkrun that in its short history has forged bonds with local charities such as Oxfam St Albans, Willow Foundation and Rennie Grove. We’ve had “takeover” events with other local communities including Athena St Albans, Run Redbourn! and the Wheathampstead Warriors, and have participated in local and national initiatives including the “This Girl Can” in Herts, the Duke of Edinburgh volunteer participation programme, and the NHS 70th birthday celebrations.

In order for us to guarantee a long-term future for our event, we have taken the difficult decision to permanently relocate Heartwood Forest parkrun. Therefore, we wanted to let you know that 6th October will be our final event at Heartwood Forest. The decision to relocate the event isn’t one that has been taken lightly, and was only made after lengthy discussions and support from parkrun HQ and the Woodland Trust. We are grateful to the Woodland Trust for providing us with permission to use Heartwood Forest, however, it has become increasingly apparent that in order to safeguard the long-term sustainability of our event we need to find a new location.

We are currently considering a number of options for relocation, and would welcome suggestions from you, our parkrun community.

Heartwood Forest parkrun would like to thank the Woodland Trust for their support of parkrun.