The Heaning Forest is a 12 acre woodland privately owned by Yourtree Ltd. Our Father Patrick chaired a committee establishing a national charity to plant trees for the bereaved. As a family we decided to establish memorial woodland ourselves.
We sought suitable land and finally chose our beautiful woodland close to Windermere in the Lake District National Park. Though being tucked away it was very easily accessible. The land borders National Trust property and though out of use when it was acquired by us, it bore evidence of being farmed over many centuries, with stone drainage ditches, water springs, and neglected but centuries old hedges.
Overwhelmingly the wide views attracted us to the land even though, at that time the land bore almost no trees at all.
Advice from the Forestry commission and the South Lakeland Council saw us plant some thousands of Cherry, English Oak, Rowan, and Silver Birch trees, which have grown in an immensely satisfying way. The Heaning Forest is truly forested in a way that we hardly dared to imagine.
The theme of the advice from our institutional friends was that they wished to see the woodland develop naturally with the minimum of human interference, this has become our ethos. It has meant that some parts of the area have totally changed. It also means that some areas have naturally become a little marshy, and the meadow grass and wild flowers grow freely.
The land is divided into copses. The first years have been marked by our dedicating most of the trees in Eden Copse which is close to the entrance to the field. Many people have chosen other areas which have copses of different names.
After leaving the M6 at Junction 36 you will travel north along the A591 until you reach the village of Ings, about four miles before Windermere. this will take about 20 minutes. Turn right just after the garage at Ings village onto a side road signposted: High Borrans Moor Howe Lane. Continue along this road for only about 1/4 mile and you will turn left down a small lane. You will see a sign saying "Heaning". We are just on the left at this point.