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The Green Wedding Machine

June 20, 2015 – 11:30 am |

I am going to be a Chief Bridesmaid three times in the next year, and I’ve become deeply entrenched in the process of organising a wedding as a result. There’s the initial excitement – dress …

More beautiful, local art at the Forest Centre

June 18, 2015 – 11:30 am |

Dunstable and District Arts Club have returned with a new exhibition of Marston Vale themed works – including some beautiful landscapes and wildlife pieces. If you’re interested, then pop down our corridor and take a …

Get Dad the Gift that Keeps Growing!

June 18, 2015 – 10:12 am |

We’ve got the perfect gift for Father’s Day – dedicate a tree in the Forest of Marston Vale to your Dad. For just £20 your Dad will receive A Personalised Certificate with your choice of …

Reed All About It – June 2015

June 16, 2015 – 1:21 pm |

Click on the link to read our latest newsletter – Reed All About It – June 2015

Farmers’ Market Focus – June

June 14, 2015 – 12:30 pm |

As summer sets in, we are getting deeper into BBQ season, and the foodies among us are thinking more about ways to spruce up the selection! These stallholders may provide some tasty inspiration, from garlic …

Bedford River Valley Park – so much progress!

June 14, 2015 – 6:16 am |

Bedford River Valley Park (BRVP) is a massive and far-sighted project. Made possible by its inclusion in Bedford Borough Council’s Local Plan in 2002, the Park will cover more than 3.5 square miles between the …

Trashy attitude to waste

June 12, 2015 – 11:30 am |

It’s festival season – as my friends keep reminding me – and this not only guarantees that we’ll get 3 days of solid rain for Glastonbury weekend (and countless shots of festival goers in random …

Wanderings in Willington Woods: “TIMBER!”

June 11, 2015 – 12:47 pm |

Forest Volunteer Robin Braithwaite reports on work to make a large tree safe (and some other things) at the Grange Estate near Willington.
“Whilst trees are vital to the creation of the Forest, they aren’t the …

Ragwort – scourge or wildlife hero?

June 10, 2015 – 3:15 pm | One Comment

There aren’t many plants around which heated debate focuses. Our own native ragwort, Senecio jacobaea, a familiar and rather beautiful member of the daisy family, sure does raise some strong and vocal opinion. I admire …

Lining the casket

June 4, 2015 – 1:41 pm | One Comment

I just had an intriguing conversation with a customer who came into the Forest Centre to buy a bale of hay. Asking if they had a lot of rabbits to feed, I was surprised to …

7 Billion Little Changes – World Environment Day

June 3, 2015 – 11:43 am |

On 5th June the UN will celebrate World Environment Day, which – they claim “galvanises individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.” If only this were true! …

Queen’s Award for Forest Volunteers

June 2, 2015 – 6:45 pm |

On the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation, we can finally announce the spectacular news that our volunteers have won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award given to local volunteer …

Lord-Lieutenant Opens Tower Hide

June 2, 2015 – 3:25 pm |

We are always honoured whenever we have a VIP visit the Forest, so we were delighted to welcome Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis this week, to officially open our new woodland walkway and …

May Madness

June 1, 2015 – 11:30 am |

Half term over again?! Already?!
It’s been a busy one – Marston Mud saw some fabulous creations on Tuesday, with children going out to the shade of the willow huts to make creations out of the …

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