"I’m one of those people who loves Christmas, but every year it gets harder to think of present ideas. Perfume for Mum, a jumper for Dad. They just seem a bit boring. So the last couple of years we’ve bought each other gift experiences; days out making memories or more meaningful gifts which benefit charities. Of course, the Forest of Marston Vale is a charity too, so I figured we should be offering some unique and exclusive Christmas gifts – solving your difficult-to-buy-for dilemmas and helping us plant more trees in the process!

A Tree Dedication is a gift that will last longer than a lifetime – there aren’t many gift options that can say that! From just £20 you can dedicate a tree in the Forest of Marston Vale for someone and get a Certificate with a personalised message to give them. It’s perfect for everyone, young or old, and the money raised from tree dedications goes towards maintaining the Forest – keeping paths clear, mowing tracks, picking up litter, maintaining picnic tables and benches – all of which keeps the Forest safe for you to enjoy and a haven for local wildlife.

Theatre tickets make a great gift and we have a limited number of discounted tickets for sale for shows at Milton Keynes Theatre. There’s savings to be had per ticket and by buying from us you avoid paying the booking fee too. The shows we have on offer at the moment are Matilda, Shrek, War Horse, Hairspray, An Officer & A Gentleman and Flashdance. We’ll only have many of these shows on offer until the beginning of December, so don’t leave it too late to buy! Email me to find out more.

I’m really excited about the next gift that we’re offering – experience days with Team GB Olympic Athletes! This really is a unique gift for your sporty loved ones. There’s 3 different experiences to choose from – Cycling at the Olympic Velodrome, VIP Rowing with a GB Gold Medallist or White Water Rafting down the Olympic Course and prices start at £145.

I’m ticking a few people off my Christmas list with these options – hope you can too!"

Fundraising Officer - Robina Ballard-Davis