Which is why we celebrate trees all year round!

As one of England's Community Forests we know that exploring and enjoying the Forest helps to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing for all our visitors - we know how important this has been in the last 12 months, and especially through lockdown.

With the support from our donors and Friends we've been able to plant woodland sites in communities across the Marston Vale, transforming landscapes and making it a better place to live, work and play. Thanks to woodland we've already planted people have had more access to green spaces on their doorsteps, which has provided a vital lifeline to safe outdoor space and the natural environment.

Even though 2020 was a challenging year, we're proud that we were still able to do so much to make life better for people, wildlife and the planet, and work towards our goal of 30% tree cover - you can read more about our 2020 achievements in our news reel.

So whether you live or work in the Forest - or have visited just for fun - we want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who supports us for being part of the creation and future of the Forest of Marston Vale!

And the work continues...

Work continues all year-round to preserve our community woodlands: we'll be looking after the trees we've already planted, maintaining sites and managing habitat for the benefit of wildlife. Sign up to our newsletter or follow us on social media for updates. 

Although it now seems very unlikely that any public tree planting events will be possible this season, we're putting plans in place to make sure that new woodland is still created. Jo - our Community Engagement Officer (and tree planter extraordinaire!) - will be giving us ongoing updates and explaining more about what the process of creating a woodland planting site looks like on our blog, so you can find out more about how we're going to be planting to reach our goals this year.

And whilst our fantastic Volunteers and Corporate Friends aren't able to help with their normal tasks at the moment, we've convinced a few of them to put pen to paper instead - a few members of these very important groups will be sharing their stories on our blog too.

Become a guardian of the trees

We've created woodlands all across the Marston Vale, and every donation made helps manage the Forest and protect the trees.

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