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Reed All About It – December 2015

December 2, 2015 – 10:34 am |

The latest edition of Reed All About It, the newsletter for our Volunteers, is now available – click here to read our latest news.

Allen Scythe Restoration

November 3, 2015 – 4:50 pm | One Comment

It probably seems like this project has going on for longer than the Chilcott Inquiry but the final report can now be issued and no ministerial officer or civil servant has been harmed in its …

Secrets of the Sands

October 25, 2015 – 6:11 am |

‘Secrets of the Sands’ is the Landscape Partnership for the Greensand Ridge, a long narrow wooded sandstone ridge running 35 miles south west to north east from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay to the south of …

Open Environment speech by Elizabeth Truss

October 24, 2015 – 6:50 am |

Speaking to an audience of tech experts, entrepreneurs and investors in Tech City on 14 October, the Environment Secretary  The Rt Hon. Elizabeth Truss MP made some interesting points – here are some highlights lifted …

Guided walk leader training

October 23, 2015 – 7:32 am |

A small group of volunteers from the Forest and a couple of others from as far afield as Stotfold spent last Saturday morning with me at the Forest Centre learning how to plan and lead …

Climate can’t wait – a public meeting

October 17, 2015 – 12:54 pm |



test post

October 13, 2015 – 12:05 pm |

New ‘outdoors’ survey results published

September 22, 2015 – 8:41 am |

Natural England (the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England) has recently published results of a survey looking at how people use the countryside and green spaces for recreation in England. It represents the …

Farewell to summer

September 8, 2015 – 2:52 pm |

We almost can’t believe that the holidays are well and truly over, but we had a great time this summer (despite the lack of the promised heatwave…)
From pond dipping with the Lord Lieutenant, to searching …

Queen’s Award press clipping

August 26, 2015 – 3:35 pm | One Comment

Thanks to the Bedford Times and Citizen for printing a piece about the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire presenting the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to the Forest Volunteers in July.

Sea swallows in the Country Park

August 4, 2015 – 7:11 am |

The common tern is a bird that seems to hang from the sky on invisible threads, such are its powers of flight. Of any bird I’ve ever watched this is the one that appears to …

Swifts – last chance to see…

July 30, 2015 – 7:09 am |

Given the cold, wet and windy weather in the last few days, you couldn’t blame swifts if they’ve left already. Generally they leave around now, just as soon as their young have fledged and high …

Forest Volunteers honoured

July 23, 2015 – 2:45 pm | One Comment

We were completely thrilled, earlier today, to welcome HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis to the Forest Centre and Millennium Country Park  to present the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to the Forest of Marston …

Snakes in the Park

July 23, 2015 – 9:04 am |

Country Park Rangers have reported an increase in the number of sightings of grass snakes this summer. This may be because the dry weather has forced them to move more to find the wet conditions …

Wanderings in Willington Woods: Volunteers do stuff

July 14, 2015 – 9:49 am |

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing.  It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”  François-Marie Arouet (aka Voltaire).
Volunteers are a valuable commodity because, well, they volunteer to do stuff – for free!  …

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 …

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! …

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