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Second section of turbine goes up!

February 27, 2014 – 4:38 pm | 2 Comments

We all watched from the Forest Centre this afternoon as the second section of the wind turbine was hoisted into place by the giant crane currently sitting outside; ‘pulled in’ by workmen inside the lower …

Turbine going up!

February 26, 2014 – 1:01 pm | 3 Comments

The moment has arrived  – the first part of the wind turbine has been hoisted in the air and is, as we speak, being attached to it’s base. If the wind holds off this means …

Half term – 200 kids can’t be wrong

February 25, 2014 – 1:24 pm |

Half term at the Forest Centre and another successful couple of days of fun stuff for kids.
Tuesday saw Jane and her team of Forest Volunteers leading activities and stories about rainbow fish. Everyone went home …

Felling completed!

February 20, 2014 – 12:17 pm |

The planned felling at Gap Wood and in the centre of the Park was completed in less than three days, thanks to the efficiency of the timber harvester. It was a little slower extracting the …

Turbine – first pieces safely on site

February 18, 2014 – 7:37 pm |

After quite a long day, the first bits of the wind turbine are safely in the Country Park. There is plenty more to follow – if you like watching cranes you should visit over the …

Turbine – plenty to talk about

February 18, 2014 – 4:59 pm |

Much time spent hanging around waiting today, so plenty of opportunity to talk. There’s been some difficulty with how the bits are going to arrive – they need to be here in the right order and …

First pieces of jigsaw arrive

February 18, 2014 – 2:56 pm |

Although not completely on schedule, parts of the turbine have been arriving in Bedfordshire, Marston then the Millennium Country Park through today.
There are a lot of people and lots of very large pieces of equipment …

Charity event success!

February 14, 2014 – 3:42 pm |

Georgia McCormack from the British Heart Foundation popped over to the Forest Centre today to collect the whopping £814 cheque, raised at the recent Heart to Heart Psychic Fair.
If you are looking for a beautiful …

The time is finally here!

February 14, 2014 – 10:20 am |

After all the months of preparation – the time is finally here for the construction of the turbine to begin! On Monday 17th February, the huge crane that will hoist the different components of the …

Flood Update – Feb 7th

February 6, 2014 – 12:36 pm | 2 Comments

UPDATE: Down on the southern loop of the park, the path near Milbrook station is virtually impassable. Our head ranger tells us she thinks it’s potentially too deep even with wellies – so make sure …

Harvester in action at Gap Wood

February 6, 2014 – 7:52 am |

If you’ve ever wondered how trees are felled and processed on an industrial scale, take a look at this video. It shows Jeff Coleman’s harvester at work in Gap Wood, removing poplar which will end …

British Heart Foundation event raises £814!

February 5, 2014 – 4:32 pm |

Saturday night we hosted the Heart to Heart Psychic Fair, raising funds for the British Heart Foundation, and with over 360 people attending we managed to raise £814! The atmosphere was great, and thanks to …

Dramatic changes at Gap Wood

February 5, 2014 – 9:47 am |

As we reported earlier in the week, works at Gap Wood, to the east side of the Country Park, right next to the railway, are progressing very well. Local woodsman, Jeff  Coleman has brought in …

Rectory Wood – 10 years on…

February 5, 2014 – 1:00 am |

This Sunday, over 300 people attended our special tree planting event for Neville Funeral Service, held at Rectory Wood in Cranfield – in miraculously sunny weather.
After 10 years of planting, Rectory Wood is nearly complete …

Bittern by the birding bug

February 4, 2014 – 7:11 pm | 3 Comments

Last Saturday’s bird walk wasn’t particularly out of the ordinary until the group of 15 reached the hide overlooking the Pillinge Lake. Volunteer leaders, Bob, Neil and Tony have led lots of walks around the Country …

Poplar felling

February 3, 2014 – 11:19 am | 2 Comments

The felling of two areas of poplar in the Millennium Country Park should commence this week (weather permitting) The poplars are coming to the end of their lives and are now presenting a health and …



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