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Thank you Co-op!

April 21, 2017 – 11:01 am |

Back in October last year we told you that the Co-op store in Marston Moretaine had chosen the Forest of Marston Vale as one of the 3 local charities to benefit from their newly launched …

Discounted tickets for MK Theatre

October 5, 2016 – 1:41 pm | 4 Comments

[Click above for more info] You can now book discounted tickets for shows at Milton Keynes Theatre through us – not only will you save money on the ticket price, but you’ll also avoid paying …

Local fundraising drive

October 3, 2016 – 2:11 pm |

If you shop at the Co-op in Marston, you’ve probably been asked for your membership card when you pay at the till. The Co-op have recently launched their Local Community Fund, which gives money to …

An Uplifting Donation

September 27, 2016 – 12:36 pm | One Comment

Donations can be big or small, but whatever the size we always appreciate them! Last week we received a donation that was big in every way – a forklift truck worth over £11,000 from Jungheinrich, …

Limited spaces available for this challenge of a lifetime!

February 19, 2016 – 10:22 am |

Calling all thrill-seekers, adrenaline junkies and anyone wanting to tick a 10,000 feet tandem skydive off their bucket list! As 2016 is the 21st anniversary of the Forest, we’re looking for 21 adventurous volunteers to take …

Giant Hogweed – The Facts

July 15, 2015 – 1:11 pm |

The news has been full of stories about the dangers of giant hogweed over the last few days. It’s easy to confuse this plant with cow parsley, which is totally harmless, so we want to …

Wild camping with Canoe trail

December 16, 2014 – 12:47 pm |

Earlier this year, we teamed up with Canoe Trail, a local adventure company, who have created a new wild campsite at the Grange Estate, near Willington, just off the River Great Ouse, as part of …

Public tree planting date announced

September 2, 2014 – 9:48 am |

In a break with tradition, the coming winter’s public tree planting day in the Forest of Marston Vale, usually held in early December, will this season take place on Sunday 8 February 2015. Apart from …

Wings to the wall

May 21, 2014 – 7:00 am | 2 Comments

It was only last week that I found myself in the lovely new bird hide admiring stunning views across the Pillinge lake. As I glanced over to the artificial sand martin wall I noticed a …

Nordic Walking at Gateway Woods

April 30, 2014 – 2:09 pm |

There’s a new programme of sports tuition aimed especially at over 50s, running in rural Bedford, many from villages in  the Forest. Called Re-Active8 Gold Rural, the courses include golf in Stagsden, Fitsteps in Stewartby and …

Forest track completed at Rectory Wood

October 23, 2013 – 2:49 pm |

Work to create two new sections of forest track at Rectory Wood has recently been completed, adding a further 2km of year-round accessible routes to the existing network, which now extends to around 4km.The new …

Forest’s logo now protected

July 31, 2013 – 8:42 am |

The Forest of Marston Vale’s logo, that slim but clearly strong chap, who has carried a large tree above his head for over twenty years,  is now a protected trade mark, registered with the Intellectual Property …

Walking in the Gateway

July 10, 2013 – 9:37 am |

Sometimes when you choose a date for a guided walk, months in advance, you strike gold; and this was one of those times. Last evening I led a guided walk from Potters Cross in Wootton …

Woodworks! 2013 – 7 & 8 September

July 9, 2013 – 12:01 pm | 4 Comments

It’s most definitely that time of year. Yes – holidays, end of term, sun block and ice cream… but what I was really thinking was Woodworks!
It may seem a bit premature, but summer holidays zip by …

Explore the Green Gateway on Tuesday evening

July 3, 2013 – 4:34 pm |

Fancy an evening stroll around a new woodland in the Forest? If so, please join us on Tuesday evening at 7pm in Wootton.
We will walk around several of the new woodlands of the Green Gateway …

Trust awarded £80k for heritage interpretation

June 18, 2013 – 3:28 pm |

The Marston Vale Trust and Bedford Borough Council have been awarded nearly £80,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to be spent on a broad range of interpretation for the ‘Past, Present and Future Landscapes of Bedford …

Lots more tree planting at Wiles Wood

March 6, 2013 – 6:55 pm |

Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of activity at the new extension to Wiles Wood with different groups getting involved with tree planting.  Last Friday, on a sunny but chilly morning, three volunteers …

Corporate plants success

February 28, 2013 – 7:59 am |

Robinson & Hall’s Laura Freeman reports on a corporate day’s planting earlier in the month.
On Wednesday 13 February, a team from Robinson & Hall wrapped up warm and donned their hats and wellies for an …

Poplar Felling at the Grange Estate

February 14, 2013 – 1:00 pm |

Walking amongst trees is always good for the soul but on a windy day when the branches are creaking and clattering it’s the stuff of nightmares for site managers due to the health and safety …

Tree planting success

December 6, 2012 – 8:00 am |

We were incredibly lucky last Sunday, to wake up to a morning of brilliant sunshine, and that’s how it stayed all day. Cold it certainly was, but that didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the 240 people who …

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