In a tradition that dates back more than a decade, an annual tree planting event was held at the new Forest of Marston Vale Community Woodland last month, with outgoing High Sheriff Eric Masih marking the beginning of Lady Jane Clifford’s tenure.

The current High Sheriff and the High Sheriff in Nomination planted 10 trees at the Forest’s newest Community Woodland near Houghton Conquest during the visit on 17th March 2022, accompanied by the Forest of Marston Vale’s Fundraising Officer Robina Ballard-Davis and Commercial Director Grant Sorrell.

Grant said:

We’re delighted to welcome the incumbent and incoming High Sheriff to the Forest of Marston Vale, and to have them both involved in the tree planting at our new site on the Houghton Conquest and Ampthill border. The office of the High Sheriff has always been very supportive of our charity and the work that we do to connect our local communities with nature. From our conversations with Lady Clifford we know that she is passionate about the need for accessible green space to benefit the mental and physical wellbeing of people who live and work in the area, and we look forward to working with her during the course of her tenure.

The outgoing High Sheriff, Eric Masih said:

 I was delighted to support the Forest of Marston Vale Trust to plant 10 trees, to commemorate my one year service as High Sheriff in the county of Bedfordshire. The Shrievelty group has always supported the Forest of Marston Vale, its initiatives, and its passion for green spaces. I hope this relationship between the future High Sheriffs and the Marston Vale Trust continue and flourish in years to come.

The office of High Sheriff dates back to the Saxon times and remains the Queen’s representative in Bedfordshire for law and order. They are still closely involved with the police, courts and judges within the county.

Eric Masih served as High Sheriff since 7 April 2021, and was succeeded on Lady Jane Clifford from 3rd April 2022.

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