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Halloween Ball was a blast

October 30, 2014 – 11:30 am |

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Over 18s Halloween Disco last week – it was a Thriller!
Bad puns aside, we saw some fantastic costumes, even better dance moves, and quite a few …

Bedfordshire Oak nominated for huge award

October 29, 2014 – 11:30 am | 2 Comments

Although the Ickwell Oak is not in the Marston Vale, it sits just outside in the parish of Northill, and has done for over 350 years. As one of the nominees for the Woodland Trust’s …

Paws in the Park – New dog control orders

October 29, 2014 – 6:59 am |

The Millennium Country Park is a great spot to exercise your dog with lots of safe paths, dog bins located around the Park, drinking water available and even free dog bags at reception if you …

Vis Mig Watch

October 28, 2014 – 11:39 am |

At 6.30 this morning, intrepid local birder, Bob Hook arrived at Folly Wood in Lidlington to carry out a Visible Migration (or Vis Mig) Watch. I’ve lurked on the periphery of the birding world for …

Time to explore the National Cycle Network

October 25, 2014 – 6:00 am |

I was in Wiltshire a couple of weeks ago (very nice it was too) and I couldn’t help noticing National Cycle Network signs in several places when I was out walking. I know I probably …

Autumn – season of mists and lovely walks

October 24, 2014 – 3:27 pm |

Autumn’s a lovely time to get out into the countryside – thick jumpered, leaf-kicking misty mornings lie ahead.
This Sunday the National Trust’s Walking Festival comes to Willington, where our own Darren Woodward will be leading …

Turbine trouble

October 22, 2014 – 9:40 am |

Every so often the wind turbine in the Country Park stops spinning. There are several causes for this inactivity -

On very still days the wind speed may be too low
Tests or Software updates. These are …

Apple Day Interview

October 20, 2014 – 2:23 pm | 2 Comments

Our very own Andy Brocklebank (of Forest Volunteer fame) was interviewed for the Pilgrim Sound website over the weekend as part of Bromham Apple Day - Click here for the interview - it’s a great 5 minute …

Grown in Britain week continues!

October 15, 2014 – 1:30 pm |

The Forest of Marston Vale is a proud supporter of Grown in Britain and welcomes the annual Grown in Britain Week (13th – 17th October). It brings together those who value our forests, woodlands & trees …

Another award for the Park!

October 15, 2014 – 11:30 am |

We are delighted to announce we came 10th in the 2014 Keep Britain Tidy People’s Choice Award! Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for us. In the vote, organised by the …

Sand Martin Bank wins CPRE award!

October 13, 2014 – 10:34 am | One Comment

Last Tuesday evening 2 of our ranger staff, Stephen Gascoyne and Tony Crofts attend the prestigious CPRE 2014 Bedfordshire Living Countryside  awards held at the wonderfully picturesque Moggerhanger Hall. Our sand martin wall which was …

Wind turbine – want to know more?

October 11, 2014 – 6:42 am |

Some facts and figures about the turbine in the Country Park

At the hub height of 85m the annual average wind speed has been estimated to be 7 m/s (meters per second) almost 16mph!
You won’t feel …

The Marston Vale from above

October 9, 2014 – 6:13 am |

I was privileged last week, to take a ride in a light aircraft out of RAF Henlow Aero Club, for a bit of an unusual view of some of the Trust’s sites. We’d been saying …

Harvest Mouse first – watch the video here

October 8, 2014 – 7:00 am | 2 Comments

For the last three years, Diane and myself, with occasional valuable help from Cat, have been conducting a survey of  small mammals in the Millennium Country Park.  The reason for the project is to demonstrate …

Volunteers’ October walk

October 7, 2014 – 5:19 pm |

Fancy a walk? If so, why not join Forest Volunteers as they explore some lovely countryside to the west of the Vale? Starting from the Cock Inn in North Crawley at 9.45am, the walk, on …

Christmas Party Night sold out!

October 7, 2014 – 12:12 pm |

That time of year is almost upon us and we have officially sold out of tickets to our Christmas Party Night on Fri 12th Dec but if you’re looking for a fun night out in the …

Green, green grass of London

October 7, 2014 – 11:30 am |

We are fortunate enough to live in the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside (have we blown our own trumpet lately about taking 3% tree cover to 10%?) but sometimes you forget that our capital city is just …

National poetry day today – 2 October

October 2, 2014 – 6:00 am |


When Autumn Came

Faiz Ahmed Faiz, 1911 – 1984

This is the way that autumn came to the trees:
it stripped them down to the skin,
left their ebony bodies naked.
It shook out their hearts, the yellow leaves,
scattered them …

Get green with us this Christmas.

October 1, 2014 – 11:30 am | One Comment

Ok, so the time is approaching where Christmas stuff will start creeping slowly into shops and you’ll come home, shocked and appalled, and announce that you saw the first lot of wrapping paper in Tesco’s. …

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