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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 …

World Wetlands Day!

February 2, 2017 – 10:30 am |

Today, the 2nd February, is World Wetlands Day! A day to celebrate everything that’s great about Wetlands around the world, including our very own Wetland Nature Reserve here at the Forest of Marston Vale Millennium …

Luton Airport Firemen hot-footing it round the Park!

January 20, 2017 – 12:00 pm | 2 Comments

We had a lovely chat recently in the Forest Centre cafe with Martyn, Nick and James from the London Luton Airport Fire department, who popped over for one of their regular runs (not as a …

CEO Appointed as Beds Business Ambassador

January 13, 2017 – 12:00 pm |

We are happy to announce that our Chief Executive Nick Webb is among those who have been selected as a Bedfordshire Business Ambassador for Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce.
“Being a member of the Chamber is very …

Learning Lunchtime Cancelled

January 8, 2017 – 10:25 am |

Unfortunately, due to illness, our speaker Barrie Mason will not be able to host tomorrow’s Learning Lunchtime talk ‘The Splendour of the Ouse’
Our schedule resumes next week with ‘The Transport Zoo’
 

Forest Fundraising – Get Involved!

January 6, 2017 – 3:30 pm |

So it’s a new year and here I am pondering what we’re going to be doing to raise money for the Forest in the year ahead. Last year we had some fantastic successes – the …

Path now open!

December 30, 2016 – 10:23 am | One Comment

The newly laid section of path north of Millbrook Station is open! The completion provided a LOT of Christmas cheer to the Ranger team who, along with our regular visitors, have had to contend with …

Christmas Opening Times

December 20, 2016 – 10:05 am |

Here are our Christmas and New Year Opening Times for 2017:
Christmas Eve – 10am – 2pm
Christmas Day – Closed (gate closed)
Boxing Day – Closed (gate open 10am – 4pm)
Tues 27th – Friday 30th Dec – …

Tree Planting 2017

December 14, 2016 – 11:51 am |

I know Christmas isn’t *quite* over yet, but we’re already looking forward to the next chapter in the Forest of Marston Vale’s tree planting – Waypost Wood on Sunday 12th Feb 2017!
Over in Cranfield, on …

Road Re-open!

December 12, 2016 – 3:05 pm |

Everyone will be very pleased to hear that Station Road is now fully open! Works will continue to the entrance to the Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park/ Marston Park, but they are due to …

Community Fund – up to £8k available!

November 25, 2016 – 3:19 pm |

Click above for more details. Are you part of a local school, charity group or project that’s looking for funding for an upcoming project that benefits the communities within the Forest of Marston Vale?
The Community …

Honorary Life President Appointed

November 25, 2016 – 9:53 am | One Comment

To recognise the more than 20 years involvement that Fiona Chapman MBE DL has had with the Forest of Marston Vale, she has been appointed Honorary Life President of the Forest of Marston Vale Trust. …

Farmers’ Market comes to a close

November 17, 2016 – 1:31 pm |

Unfortunately, due to the predicted bad weather this weekend and range of other factors, our last Farmers’ Market is cancelled. But don’t despair – you’ll see our lovely stallholders again at our Christmas Tree Festival …

Pathway works in the Millennium Country Park

November 17, 2016 – 10:21 am |

If you are a regular visitor to the Park, you will be fully aware of the significant flooding near to Millbrook Station which has occurred during the majority of our recent winters. It causes lots …

Closing early on Sat 19th Nov!

November 16, 2016 – 3:34 pm |

This Saturday (19th November) we will be hosting our Enchanted Forest Ball in the evening, and to leave enough time to transform the place into a magical woodland, we will be closing the Forest Centre …

Opening Times Change

October 29, 2016 – 10:36 am |

Somehow it’s already the end of October, and that means we are reverting to our winter opening hours as of tomorrow (Sunday 30th October). There’s been a slight change from our normal winter hours, but …



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