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Nordic walking for beginners

September 24, 2014 – 12:43 pm |

Have you ever wondered why those walkers are using poles? Do you want to get fit but the gym is not for you? Here’s a chance to find out and give it a try.
Beginners’ technique …

Allen scythe ready to roll

September 24, 2014 – 7:49 am |

We have reported here before on Derek Edmund’s powers over the mechanical; he is the kind of volunteer every organisation needs. I imagine as a small boy, he dismantled and reassembled anything oily and petrol …

Reed All About It – September 2014

September 23, 2014 – 1:51 pm |

The latest edition of Reed All About It – the newsletter by volunteers for volunteers – is out now.  Click on the link here.

Best sighting of the week?

September 23, 2014 – 1:08 pm | One Comment

My best sighting of the week was not one, not two but three buzzards, lazily circling on thermals, high above Wiles Wood.  As they slowly drifted towards Van Diemens Land, I could hear their plaintive, …

Fantastic Mr Fox visits the Forest Centre!

September 22, 2014 – 2:18 pm |

This half term, come and meet the Fantastic Mr (& Mrs) Fox as they read excerpts from Roald Dahl’s enchanting book followed by crafts including origami, puppet-making, colouring & collage. There will also a chance …

Help pick the UK’s favourite park

September 17, 2014 – 7:56 am | 2 Comments

A record breaking 1482 parks and green spaces this year received a Green Flag Award and people are now urged to vote for their favourite.
We’d love you to vote for us!
The annual People’s Choice Award …

Fancy trying Nordic walking?

September 12, 2014 – 9:35 am |

For some free, hour long taster sessions of Nordic Walking make sure you come along to the Forest Centre on Sat 13th/Sat 20th Sept. Poles are provided, but make sure you wear appropriate footwear and …

Swap some ideas with us…

September 9, 2014 – 2:00 pm |

Swap ideas Day – believed to be the creation of Robert Birch – is an opportunity to encourage the swapping of ideas (obviously) and concepts, as wacky or creative as they may be. Some may …

White cormorant in the Park

September 9, 2014 – 10:23 am | One Comment

A rather unusual sighting last Saturday 6 September, next to the Pillinge Lake, was this white cormorant, photographed by regular visitor, Mark King. We think it’s a form called leucistic rather than an albino as …

Awesome video of the Centre from above

September 8, 2014 – 11:39 am |

Full credit goes to Skyglide Aerial Filming and Photographics for their fantastic video of the Centre from their camera drone.

Path repairs update

September 8, 2014 – 11:27 am |

Path repairs around Stewartby lake will now be commencing from Mon 15th Sept due to a delay in the contractors current job. For more info on the works please see this blog post.

No more pastry-wastage!

September 4, 2014 – 12:34 pm |

Anyone listening to Radio One’s programme about The Sharing Generation a few weeks ago may have heard about the fascinating project up in Leeds called The Pay as You Feel Café. Otherwise known as The …

Cruise the Ouse

September 3, 2014 – 10:46 am |

Cruise the Ouse
Whilst our Volunteers are used to working hard when they’re at the Forest Centre or other parts of Marston Vale, they certainly know how to relax too.  A group recently took a trip …

Tree planting in the Forest of Marston Vale

September 3, 2014 – 9:37 am |

Planting a tree is great – anyone can do it, from the youngest to the oldest amongst us. If you come and get involved, it will be a day you’ll remember for a long time …

Autumn bird walk – book now

September 3, 2014 – 8:27 am |

There’s still time to book a place on this Saturday morning’s Autumn Bird Walk in the Millennium Country Park. There’s no need to be an expert – an interest in the wildlife of the Country …

Public tree planting date announced

September 2, 2014 – 9:48 am |

In a break with tradition, the coming winter’s public tree planting day in the Forest of Marston Vale, usually held in early December, will this season take place on Sunday 8 February 2015. Apart from …

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