Creating the Forest of Marston Vale is about using trees and woodlands to repair a damaged landscape, addressing the effects of the brick making industry, which had flourished for over a hundred years between Bedford and Milton Keynes. The headline target is to achieve 30% tree cover by 2031, but trees are just the tool to deliver the aim of environmentally-led regeneration, providing social, economic and environmental benefits both now and into the future.
Such a bold and long-term vision takes dedication and commitment to turn it into a reality. The Marston Vale Trust was formed to do just this – a small, passionate organisation with a clear focus on creating the Forest. As the independent registered charity (no. 1069229) responsible for leading the creation of the Forest of Marston Vale, our work involves a wide range of things, from the predictable tree planting to the operation of our Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park at the heart of the Forest.
The Trust’s work is guided by the Forest Plan, a document that sets out the 40 year strategy and objectives for creating the Forest of Marston Vale. The Forest is a landscape-scale and long-term project, and whilst planting millions more trees is at the heart of the vision for transforming the Vale, there will be other changes too, as the area continues to be a dynamic one. The future of the area is difficult to predict, but as the creation of the Forest of Marston Vale continues, we can be certain that this once degraded part of Bedfordshire will become increasingly well-wooded, attractive and a much richer environment for people and wildlife, in which other changes occur.
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