A Royal Visit to the Forest

You may have noticed that we were closed for a rather special event this Tuesday. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited the Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park to dedicate the Forest of Marston Vale to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

The Princess met members of the Forest Team and Volunteers on her mini guided tour of the Wetlands Nature Reserve, before planting a tree (next to one previously planted when our Volunteers won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service) and unveiling a plaque in our new Forest Shelter in front of local school children and selected guests.

Jo Roberts, Community Engagement Officer, said after the visit

"We are really proud to have received a Royal Visit and to be dedicated as part of such an amazing global programme. Trees are the best hope the planet has of reversing the climate crisis for future generations and it’s really encouraging that The Queen has brought together so many countries to celebrate and protect their forests."

Image: June Essex

Check out The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy website to find out more about the other forests involved, or read more about our impact on the local environment and economy in our Progress and Impacts Study.