The Trust

Hardings Wood had been managed for nature conservation and informally open to the public for 25 years, but in Autumn 2002 it was put on the market. A group of neighbours living close to the wood got together, with the aim of securing the wood as a local amenity, and maintaining permissive access to walk the footpaths for the people of Wigginton village and the surrounding urban and rural areas. The Hardings Wood Trust was formed and was registered as a Charitable Trust (Registered Charity number 1096325). It became the first woodland charity to gain a Heritage Lottery Fund award in 2003, and the HLF award and local donations enabled the purchase.

The success of the HLF application depended on support from several village organizations, including: Wigginton Village School, Wigginton WI Ramblers Group, The Ridgeway Scout Group, Tring School and Tring Ramblers. We had help and advice from other organisations in preparing the funding application: The Woodland Trust, Dacorum Borough Council and Common Ground.

Warm thanks to Gill Pakenham for allowing us to use her bird photographs and to Steve Povey for the mammals. Other photographs by Francesca Greenoak and others.

Where is Hardings Wood?

From Wigginton: Along the Chesham Road, turn left after the traffic-calming chicane, continue down past the crossroads until you reach the wood entrance in Crawleys Lane.
Click here for a map

How you can help...

If you wish to, you can get involved in any of the following ways:

The Hardings Wood Trust is registered as a Charitable Trust (Registered Charity number 1096325)

Please be aware that Hardings Wood is an ancient wood and that some of the paths are steep. Visitors are advised to have suitable clothing and footwear, and to be aware of all natural hazards—slip, trip, low hanging branches, projecting roots, insects, for example. Take care and enjoy your visit.