What is International Day of Forests? 

The 21st of March is International Day of Forests, and we want you to get involved and celebrate with us!

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the 21st March the International Day of Forests in 2012, and on this day thousands of people around the world get involved to shine a light on one of our most precious natural resources - forests. 

International Day of Forests 2023: Forests and health

The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, and the theme for 2023 is 'Forests and health'. From benefiting your physical and mental health, to mitigating the effects of climate change, and providing vital medicines and research, forests give us so much. 

Trees make life better for all of us – for people, for wildlife and for the planet. They help to cool and clean our air, lock up carbon, reduce flooding, provide sustainable raw materials, and are our best hope in combatting the climate crisis. As well as physical benefits, spending time in nature is proven to hugely benefit our mental health and wellbeing.

How we support forests

We have planted over 2 million trees in the 61 square miles that makes up the Forest of Marston Vale and have taken tree coverage in the area from 3.6% to over 15% in under 30 years. We create and maintain woodlands for our local communities to enjoy and benefit from, as well as the wildlife habitats within them.

Please get involved with this year's International Day of Forests and help us celebrate. Any funds raised as part of the celebrations will be used to continue to create your local Community Forest for everyone to benefit from.

Image: Woodlands in the Wetlands nature reserve at the Millennium Country Park, Marston Moretaine

How you can get involved:

Individuals and families

You can download our fundraising pack which is bursting with ideas on how you can raise money for the Forest. If you don't want to fundraise then you can make a donation! All proceeds go towards planting more trees, growing the Forest of Marston Vale, and creating new Community Woodlands for everyone to enjoy!




Get your school involved and celebrate with us! There are a few ways that you can get involved with your school, simply download our schools activity pack which includes fun activities for you to enjoy in the classroom, and a fundraising pack for of ideas for you to organise your own activities!




Get your team involved in celebrating International Day of Forests with us! Our fundraising pack includes an A-Z of fundraising ideas, and social media assets that you can post from your company profiles to let people know that you are taking part. 


Share your story

Tell us about your fundraising activities and how you're celebrating via social media. Be sure to tag us @ForestOfMarstonVale and use the hashtag #ForestofMarstonValeIDOF2023 so we can see how you're getting involved. Alternatively, get in contact with our communications team and send in your pictures to: [email protected]

We can't wait to see how you celebrate International Day of Forests 2023!

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