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Blue/green algae Update

June 23, 2017 – 12:36 pm |

While we have had no formal reports from the Environment Agency of blue green algae in Stewartby Lake yet, visitors should exercise caution. Due to the recent warm temperatures and time of year, there is …

Early Closing on 9th/15th June

June 5, 2017 – 11:23 am |

Due to private events, we will be closing the Forest Centre early, at 4pm on Friday 9th June and Thursday 15th June.
We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

People and Wildlife – Take Care of Each Other

June 3, 2017 – 1:00 pm | One Comment

 
 
By Head Ranger Anna
“The Millennium Country Park is a total of 225Ha with many kilometres of paths running through and around it. It is free to access and it has a huge 500,000 visits each …

Local garden transformed by our Logs

May 19, 2017 – 12:30 pm |

Some people may just see logs as firewood, but local couple Anna and Shane took their garden to another level (literally) by using Forest of Marston vale logs to create a lovely raised bed in …

No card payments on Thurs 18th May

May 17, 2017 – 10:09 am |

Due to essential service updates on site, we unfortunately won’t be able to accept any card payments at the Forest Centre tomorrow (Thurs 18th May 2017)
But don’t worry – there is a cash machine up …

Help from the Kings Arms

May 12, 2017 – 12:30 pm |

We recently teamed up with the Pathways to Employment Team from Kings Arms Project in Bedford, to run two days of practical conservation tasks at the Grange Estate (near Willington). Volunteers from the Project got …

Get that warm, fuzzy feeling

May 2, 2017 – 3:25 pm |

We think that what we’ve achieved here in the Forest of Marston Vale is really worth shouting about. Planting over 1.5 million trees is a big achievement, and we wouldn’t have been able to do …

Dawn Chorus Walk – cancelled

May 2, 2017 – 1:50 pm |

We’re sorry to announce that our Dawn Chorus walk this Saturday 6th May has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.
We are still however, taking bookings for our Dawn Chorus Walk for Late Risers on Satyrday …

High Sheriff Handover

April 27, 2017 – 2:02 pm |

Recently at the newly planted Waypost Wood on the edge of Cranfield, the outgoing High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Charles Whitbread, marked the transfer of the historic role to the incoming ‘High Sheriff in Nomination’ Vinod …

Over a hundred volunteers and counting!

April 13, 2017 – 10:15 am |

It’s often said, but still very true to say that as a charity we would not achieve half of what we do without the work of our volunteers.
We have over a 100 regular volunteers who …

Bank Holiday Opening

April 12, 2017 – 12:30 pm |

This bank holiday weekend our opening hours will be:
Good Friday (14th) – 10am – 5pm
Easter Sunday (16th) – 10am – 5pm
Easter Monday (17th) – 10am – 5pm
Make sure you don’t miss our Easter Trail on …

Our View on Covanta

April 11, 2017 – 1:48 pm | 2 Comments

We are here to create the Forest of Marston Vale – this essentially means planting trees and creating woodlands over the 61 sq miles of the Forest footprint. People often look to us to be …

Local kids plant 1000 trees!

March 31, 2017 – 10:00 am |

We’ve had a seriously amazing week planting kids with local school children, thanks to funding from Defra. We want to engage more children with trees and woodlands, and what better way to do it than …

No Bike Hire 1st/2nd April

March 30, 2017 – 3:48 pm |

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to hire out any bikes at the Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park this weekend (Sat 1st/ Sun 2nd April)
We apologise for any inconvenience.
 

Sign the Tree Charter

March 29, 2017 – 10:50 am |

This November it’s been a staggering 800 years since the 1217 Charter of the Forest was signed and last year the Woodland Trust launched their Tree Charter campaign with the aim of launching a Charter …

Wanderings in Willington Woods

March 20, 2017 – 11:30 am |

By Robin Braithwaite
‘No, we are not talking about brush cutters, little orange tractors or chainsaws: we did wood chopping in a previous edition of Wanderings.  It’s the bees that are buzzing.  “That buzzing noise means …

Poo-pooing the poo policy

March 15, 2017 – 12:05 pm |

This is just a casual reminder to everyone who walks their dog on our sites across the Forest of Marston Vale – we appreciate that the Forestry Commision’s ‘Stick and Flick’ campaign works for them, …

Your Forest needs you!

February 28, 2017 – 4:33 pm |

Do you live in or near the Forest of Marston Vale? Well if you live anywhere from Milton Keynes to Bedford then the answer is yes, you do and we need your help.
The Forest of …

Knight Prowler – A Saw Point

February 20, 2017 – 3:38 pm |

By Robin Braithwaite
“Around the beginning of 2016, a number of chainsaw carvings started to appear in various parts of the Grange Estate (Willington Woods).  At first, it was a couple of toadstools on the Route …

Famous in the States!

February 8, 2017 – 11:26 am |

Anyone who watches American talk shows (or ever goes near Youtube) may have seen the clip circulating from the recent episode of The Late Show, where Bedford-educated comedian John Oliver playfully goes through some of …



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