What is The Great Big Green Week?

“The Great Big Green Week is the UK’s biggest ever celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature.”

This June, between the 10th and the 18th, we are getting involved in The Great Big Green Week to show our support for taking action to protect the planet and, more importantly, to invite you along to join us!!

Now in its third year, The Great Big Green Week is the ultimate celebration of community action, inspiring communities to come together to make a stand for nature, the planet, and our future. The success of previous years has seen over a quarter of a million people get involved with national organisations, institutions and businesses joining along for the ride. This year, we too are now an official supporter of The Great Big Green Week! 



Why are we getting involved?

Our values here at the Forest of Marston Vale Trust combine taking action through creating and maintaining the forest, and doing this in a way which unites communities. Forests provide us with a vast number of benefits, from supporting our physical and mental health, uniting families on days out, clearing the air we breathe and providing a home for wildlife. However, a forest’s most valuable benefit is the protection they provide against the impacts of climate change. Trees are the ultimate carbon storage machines, and as trees grow, they remove carbon dioxide from the air, storing the carbon in the trees and soil.

Our decision to support The Great Big Green Week came from our passion to create a brighter, greener future. Throughout the week we aim to share the journey of the Forest of Marston Vale Trust and inspire you to act now by becoming greener.


The Millennium Country Park

How are we getting involved?

Throughout the 8 days of The Great Big Green Week we have organised a variety of events. From litter picking to tree walks, our events have been created with the intention to connect you with nature and inspire you get involved!

Many of our events are FREE to attend and are run by passionate and knowledgeable volunteers and members of our team. 

Late Spring Wildlife Walk 

Our expert volunteers will take you on a guided walk around the Millennium Country Park to spot and identify some of the amazing wildlife that we see at this time of year.

Saturday 10th June, 9:30am - 12:30pm, Tickets £4 per person

A Walk Amongst Trees  

How do trees communicate? What challenges do they face? Why is tree planting important? Our passionate and knowledgeable Community Engagement officer, Jo Roberts will be answering all these questions, and more, on an inspiring stroll around our Wetlands Nature Reserve at the Millennium Country Park.

Tuesday 13th June, 11am - 2:30pm, FREE

Great Big Plant Sale  

Did you know that our beautiful Sensory Garden, located at The Millennium Country Park, is cared for by our wonderful Volunteer Gardeners? This team of dedicated and passionate gardeners have been harvesting seeds, and growing plants ready for you to buy and nurture at home.

Wednesday 14th June, 10:30am - 2:30pm, FREE

Country Park Clean Up  

The Country Park is a haven for all sorts of wildlife, from resident birds to many species of mammal. You can help keep your local wildlife safe and your woodland litter-free by joining us on our Country Park Clean Up.

Thursday 15th June , 11am - 1pm, FREE

Discover Butterflies  

Join our expert Ranger Nicola Ceconi on a leisurely stroll around the Millennium Country Park where we will be on the look out for different species of butterfly. Nicola will be chatting about the importance of butterflies to our landscape and will sharing her knowledge about the species you'll see.

Friday 16th June, 11am - 12:30pm, FREE

You can get involved in supporting your local Forest beyond The Great Big Green Week. Join us today and become a volunteerFrom wildlife surveys, gardening and supporting events, there is something for everyone!

Interested? To find out more or register your interest contact our Community Engagement Officer

Left to right: Volunteers gardening in The Sensory Wildlife Garden, Great Crested Newt counted on a spring newt survey, volunteers taking part in hedge laying.