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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 Local Community Fund. We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded an amazing £1472.74 from the Fund, which we’re going to be spending on children’s Forest Explorer Packs that schools and community groups can use when visiting our Forest Centre.The Forest Explorer Packs, including Minibeast Detectives and the Magic of Trees, will give teachers and group leaders activities, equipment and games to educate, excite and inspire children about the Forest and its wildlife. At the moment we offer Ranger-led tours to these groups, but these are limited as we only have two Rangers. These new Forest Explorer Packs will mean that lots more school and community groups will be able to visit for an interactive, hands-on educational experience.

 

There’s more good news to share as we are going to receive more funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund in their current round which is running from now until October. So if you live within 15 miles of the Forest Centre in Marston Moretaine you can choose to support our charity simply by shopping in your local Co-op. You need to become a Co-op member and then show your membership card at the till every time you shop – 1% of your spend will go to the Forest of Marston Vale and 5% comes back to you.

So if you’re already a member of the Co-op, click here to choose the Forest of Marston Vale as your local charity to support.

If you’re not a member, joining is very easy – click here or pick up a membership form from the Co-op next time you’re shopping.

So a very big thank you from us to all of you who contributed to the Local Community Fund and helped to raise money for us! We’d love you to support us again and help us raise more money for vital resources to help us keep the Forest growing!

 

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 – …

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 …



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