Forest Fundraising – Get Involved!
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 Forest Family Fun Day and Enchanted Forest Ball raised over £10,000, there was tree hugging, skydiving, sales of theatre tickets, tree dedications, sponsored reads and corporate donations to name a few of our fundraising activities. Many of these are ongoing programmes which will carry on in the year ahead, but we need to do much more.
The creation of the Forest of Marston Vale began back in the early 1990s and we’ve been planting trees since then to transform the landscape and make the area a thriving place to live, work and play. We’ve already planted over 1 million trees, but our vision is to plant another 5 million. That’s a pretty big vision for a relatively small charity. We don’t receive any core funding from government or the local authority, so everything we do we have to fund ourselves. Looking after our woodlands costs money, from basic maintenance of equipment to wildlife habitat management and nurturing the young trees. So when you’re walking in Rectory Wood (Cranfield), rambling in Conquest Wood (Houghton Conquest), bird spotting at the Millennium Country Park (Marston Moretaine) or taking in the view at Folly Wood (Lidlington) or at any of our other sites – you’re enjoying green space provided entirely by charity.
Every day as I drive into the Millennium Country Park I feel lucky to live and work in such a beautiful environment and that’s what inspires me to keep coming up with new fundraising ideas and to keep persuading people to part with their money to help us continue our work. It’s not easy being a fundraiser, especially for a small, local charity. There’s lots of competition out there and we’re all bombarded daily with desperate appeals for our cash, so planting trees and growing woodlands doesn’t often feature highly on people’s ‘must help’ list. I think there’s no doubt that life’s better with trees. Forests matter to us in so many ways – for the environment, for air and soil quality, for the economy and for our health and well-being.
So my dream for 2017 is for more people to get involved in fundraising for the Forest – to get a real community fundraising spirit going. Local people raising money for their local Forest. How? Well the ideas are endless. Pamper evenings, race nights, raffles, tombolas, sponsored events, cake sales – I’ve got a whole A-Z of ideas I can give you to raise money at home, at school, at work or with friends. Organise a one-off or series of events of your own or come and help sell raffle tickets or make collections at our events. If you haven’t got much time to spare how about donating items for our raffles and tombolas that we run. Any unwanted Christmas gifts – we can use them!
It’s true, every little does help! Please help in any way you can and be part of the creation and future of the Forest of Marston Vale. Love your Forest!!!
Call me to chat about how you can help on 01234 762605 – or drop me an email
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