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Forest Volunteers in action

Volunteers carry out a very wide variety of tasks, all contributing to the creation of the Forest. Here are some examples; you might be surprised at the range!

Tree planting
Every winter we plant thousands of trees in the Forest and Volunteers are crucial in making this possible.These days planting events are big; over 450 people came to the one at Wood End Marston Moretaine in February 2015 .

Volunteers help by moving gear, putting up tents, welcoming tree planters and showing everyone how it’s done. As ever, they are the friendly face of the Forest. It’s usually wet and cold but so worthwhile.


Practical tasks

Volunteers carry out a wide range of practical tasks at the Millennium Country Park as well as other sites throughout the Vale. Visit our events page to see upcoming tasks.

Office work

Joan, Andy, Maggie, Jean, Gill and Sue spend Tuesdays dealing with the usual office tasks, sorting out emails, printing off mailing labels, keeping the database up to date (quite a job sometimes). Catherine and Bob manage Let’s Go from their homes.

Every time it’s Commentree week we set up in a larger room to sort out the numbers of Commentrees needed, putting them in small, medium or large envelopes which we have already put the labels on. The last job is sticking on the stamps.

Its all good fun!

Volunteer Seasonal wardens
Steve, Graham, Andrew, Bernard, Diane, Nigel, David, Derek, Don, Martin, Tony and Danny will be spending the next few months putting a smile on the Park’s face by trimming, strimming, mowing, litter picking and generally making it a welcoming and attractive place to be.

We are very lucky to have a small team of volunteers who are able and willing to give informative and entertaining talks about the Forest. They travel to other venues, equipped with projector and laptop, to deliver a talk of about 30-40 minutes. Click here for more information. If you are interested in getting involved in talks, please contact Guy Lambourne at the Forest Centre – 01234 762608 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) or email guy.lambourne@marstonvale.org

Guided walks
Health Walks have being going on at the Forest Centre since October 2003. The numbers fluctuate from 6 to 26, it all depends on the weather. These walks are a starting point for most people. Some have graduated from the hour long forest trail and head for longer and harder walks elsewhere. We cater for slow walkers and faster walkers, who are accompanied by two trained volunteers. Without the volunteers the walks would stop, and without the people the volunteers would stop being committed to their Wednesday exercise. We need you and you need us.

Forest Centre 10.30 am to approximately 11.30am Wednesdays

Bird Walks take place approximately once a month and are led by our expert bird-watching volunteers. they last about 3 hours. For details please see our events listing

Sunday Strolls, led by a volunteer, take place on the first Sunday of every month and last about 2 hours. During the walk we will tell you a little about the origin of the Forest and Park, along with some information about the surrounding area. No need to book, just turn up at Reception about 10.15 for a 10.30 start.

Link to What’s On

The Forest of Marston Vale Trust. Registered in England No 3462405, Registered Charity No 1069229. Marston Vale Services Ltd. trading as The Forest Centre Registered in England No 3538255.
Marston Vale Farms Ltd. Registered in England No 6537891. Registered Office for all: The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, MK43 0PR
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