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High Sheriff Handover

April 27, 2017 – 2:02 pm |

Recently at the newly planted Waypost Wood on the edge of Cranfield, the outgoing High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Charles Whitbread, marked the transfer of the historic role to the incoming ‘High Sheriff in Nomination’ Vinod Tailor, by the symbolic planting of 10 trees, which Charles Whitbread dedicated to the ‘Volunteers of Bedfordshire’. This is the fifth time we have been lucky enough to host this important event at one of our sites.

The role of a High Sheriff is one of the oldest offices in the country, dating back to the 10th century; nominally they act as the sovereign’s judicial representative in the county as well as being present at royal visits in Bedfordshire. The incoming High Sheriff Vinod Tailor commented that he hopes to be able to attend Forest of Marston Vale events and encourage links between the Forest and the schools of his home town, Luton.

Throughout February and March, hundreds of members of the public and local school children helped us to plant over 5500 trees at Waypost Wood which – considering the terrible weather we had at our Public Tree Planting – is a fantastic achievement. We hope to finish planting the site next winter, and again host the annual changeover between High Sheriff’s.

 

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 …

Over a hundred volunteers and counting!

April 13, 2017 – 10:15 am |

It’s often said, but still very true to say that as a charity we would not achieve half of what we do without the work of our volunteers.
We have over a 100 regular volunteers who …

Bank Holiday Opening

April 12, 2017 – 12:30 pm |

This bank holiday weekend our opening hours will be:
Good Friday (14th) – 10am – 5pm
Easter Sunday (16th) – 10am – 5pm
Easter Monday (17th) – 10am – 5pm
Make sure you don’t miss our Easter Trail on …

Our View on Covanta

April 11, 2017 – 1:48 pm | 2 Comments

We are here to create the Forest of Marston Vale – this essentially means planting trees and creating woodlands over the 61 sq miles of the Forest footprint. People often look to us to be …

Local kids plant 1000 trees!

March 31, 2017 – 10:00 am |

We’ve had a seriously amazing week planting kids with local school children, thanks to funding from Defra. We want to engage more children with trees and woodlands, and what better way to do it than …

No Bike Hire 1st/2nd April

March 30, 2017 – 3:48 pm |

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to hire out any bikes at the Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park this weekend (Sat 1st/ Sun 2nd April)
We apologise for any inconvenience.
 

Sign the Tree Charter

March 29, 2017 – 10:50 am |

This November it’s been a staggering 800 years since the 1217 Charter of the Forest was signed and last year the Woodland Trust launched their Tree Charter campaign with the aim of launching a Charter …

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 – …



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