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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 …

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 …

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, …

Upcoming Path Closure

March 9, 2016 – 1:35 pm |

For the week commencing Monday 21st March, a 350m stretch of the public footpath around Stewartby Lake will be closed. It is anticipated that the work will take approximately 1 week. The work is a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Wetland Trail closure – approximately 2 weeks from Monday 13th April

April 12, 2015 – 6:24 am | 2 Comments

To complete the last stage of the Tower Hide in the Millennium Country Park, contractors will begin work, on Monday 13 April, to build a surfaced path to link to the hide’s ramp from the …

Tower Hide reaches final stage

April 8, 2015 – 10:18 am |

You may have noticed the tower hide appearing over the course of the last couple of months. It’s certainly visible now from the Park’s entry drive. The great news we can report now is that …

Going up in the world

December 10, 2014 – 9:47 am | One Comment

Things are afoot in the Wetlands Nature Reserve…
For many many years, there has been a desire to install an elevated, ‘tower hide’ in the Wetlands Nature Reserve, at the heart of the Millennium Country Park. …

Cute ponies installed for the winter

November 25, 2014 – 5:07 pm | One Comment

It’s that happy time of year when we hear the clip clop of small hooves arriving back at the Park and I love it!
Our wet meadows require grazing throughout the year to ensure they are …

Power station for the Vale?

November 4, 2014 – 4:59 pm | 4 Comments

There’s still time to have your say on the first stage of proposals for the Millbrook Power Project, a proposal that would bring a 299 Megawatt gas-fired power station to the Rookery South pit, just …

Paws in the Park – New dog control orders

October 29, 2014 – 6:59 am |

The Millennium Country Park is a great spot to exercise your dog with lots of safe paths, dog bins located around the Park, drinking water available and even free dog bags at reception if you …

Wind turbine – want to know more?

October 11, 2014 – 6:42 am |

Some facts and figures about the turbine in the Country Park

At the hub height of 85m the annual average wind speed has been estimated to be 7 m/s (meters per second) almost 16mph!
You won’t feel …

Harvest Mouse first – watch the video here

October 8, 2014 – 7:00 am | 2 Comments

For the last three years, Diane and myself, with occasional valuable help from Cat, have been conducting a survey of  small mammals in the Millennium Country Park.  The reason for the project is to demonstrate …

Nordic walking for beginners

September 24, 2014 – 12:43 pm |

Have you ever wondered why those walkers are using poles? Do you want to get fit but the gym is not for you? Here’s a chance to find out and give it a try.
Beginners’ technique …

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