Our Work

Creating the Forest of Marston Vale is about using trees and woodlands to repair a damaged landscape. The Forest is one of 12 Community Forests across England..

Tree planting

Every year hundreds of people do something amazing in the Forest of Marston Vale; they volunteer to plant a tree, or perhaps quite a few trees.

opening hours & directions

Find the Forest Centre’s address, contact details, information about car parking and toilets as well as opening hours through the year

join us as a friend

Becoming a Friend of the Forest is a great way to contribute directly to the creation of the Forest of Marston Vale.

Event calendar

There’s always something going on at the Forest Centre and throughout the Vale. Click here to see a full listing of our events.

Welcome to the Forest of Marston Vale

Creation of the Forest of Marston Vale is the largest environmental regeneration project in Bedfordshire, covering 61 square miles between Milton Keynes and Bedford. 

This is ‘forest’ in a traditional sense; a patchwork of woodland and green space, mixed with farmland, villages and industry. It’s about using trees and woodlands to create a living, vibrant and dynamic area in which people want to live, work and enjoy their leisure time.

The Marston Vale Trust is an independent registered charity (No. 1069229). It is responsible for leading the creation of the Forest of Marston Vale, one of 12 Community Forests across England, designated in the 1990s to regenerate land around towns and cities, scarred by industrialisation. The Forest of Marston Vale is being created to address the effects of the brick making industry, which had flourished for over a hundred years.

With over 1 million trees planted and numerous woodlands created, the Forest of Marston Vale is already taking shape, with woodland cover trebled from 3% to around 10%. The target is to get to 30% by planting over 5 million more trees by 2031.

Whilst trees are vital to the creation of the Forest, they aren’t the whole story. It’s about extracting all the benefits possible from the new ‘forest’ landscape being created – improved leisure opportunities, transformed perceptions, increased wildlife, engaged local communities and revitalized economies, plus a future timber supply. So much more than just the trees.



The Marston Vale Trust. Registered in England No 3462405, Registered Charity No 1069229. Marston Vale Services Ltd. Registered in England No 3538255.
Marston Vale Farms Ltd. Registered in England No 6537891. Registered Office for all: The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, MK43 0PR
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