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Local garden transformed by our Logs

May 19, 2017 – 12:30 pm |

Some people may just see logs as firewood, but local couple Anna and Shane took their garden to another level (literally) by using Forest of Marston vale logs to create a lovely raised bed in their garden. Using locally sourced materials (like our logs), and recycling items where they could, they managed to transform their outside space for only £250! Here is Anna’s story:

“We wanted to create a garden which we could re-use a lot of the materials we already had to keep costs down as well as being friendly to the environment. We dug up our paving slabs running down the garden and used them to extend the patio at the start of the garden to create a more social area for friends and family. As well as moving the shed forwards to create a secret outdoor workout area at the bottom of the garden. Any turf we dug up we reused or placed in the bottom of the raised bed. We then dug out a small trench for the logs to sit into.

The logs bought from the Forest Centre where exactly what we needed for the structure of the raised bed. Darren gave us a tour of the wood shed at the Forest Centre and gave us great advice on what types of trees would work best. Within a day the logs where ready to collect which we acquired at £80 which was a donation to the Forest Centre. Once we laid the logs out and were happy with the positioning of them, we attached them together at the back with strong steel wire and horseshoe shaped hooks. We mixed cement and sand to make the concrete which was then poured into the trench and we then placed the logs in. We protected our fence panels with strong plastic builders sheeting which we nailed along the back of the raised bed.

We used The Market Place app on Facebook to source free soil from around Bedford to fill it! By doing this it lowered our cost of buying soil, and we where helping local people to reuse what they didn’t want.

Then the fun began buying plants and family members donating plants to the project. This is our first garden project and it has been a fantastic process to see the hard work pay off and we are looking forward to many summer days and evenings enjoying our new space. The whole project all in all cost around £250 for the concrete, logs, plants and equipment.

A big thank you to the Forest Centre for their advice and involvement in the project.”

If you’d like to see more inspirational photos of the project you can follow Anna on Instagram (anna_beazley).

Anna and Shane

No card payments on Thurs 18th May

May 17, 2017 – 10:09 am |

Due to essential service updates on site, we unfortunately won’t be able to accept any card payments at the Forest Centre tomorrow (Thurs 18th May 2017)
But don’t worry – there is a cash machine up …

Help from the Kings Arms

May 12, 2017 – 12:30 pm |

We recently teamed up with the Pathways to Employment Team from Kings Arms Project in Bedford, to run two days of practical conservation tasks at the Grange Estate (near Willington). Volunteers from the Project got …

Get that warm, fuzzy feeling

May 2, 2017 – 3:25 pm |

We think that what we’ve achieved here in the Forest of Marston Vale is really worth shouting about. Planting over 1.5 million trees is a big achievement, and we wouldn’t have been able to do …

Dawn Chorus Walk – cancelled

May 2, 2017 – 1:50 pm |

We’re sorry to announce that our Dawn Chorus walk this Saturday 6th May has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.
We are still however, taking bookings for our Dawn Chorus Walk for Late Risers on Satyrday …

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 …

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 …



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