About us Why trees? Why trees? Trees make life better. For all of us, as well as the wildlife that live in them. They help to cool and clean our air, lock up carbon and slow the rate of climate change. According to one American study, just one, single mature tree can absorb 22 kilos of carbon dioxide in a year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings. The same single, mature tree could have up to 500 species living in and on it. Even one tree makes life better! Trees reduce flooding and stabilise water levels, protect and sustain livelihoods and provide valuable raw materials. At some of our woodlands across the Forest, we are thinning out trees to give others more room to grow. The trees that are removed go on to become firewood, which is then sold to fund the planting of more trees. This cycle of working woodlands is as old as civilisation itself. Studies frequently show that being around trees is beneficial to your mental and physical health – not only does spending time in nature reduce stress and increase your sense of well-being, but it also means you’re getting more exercise, and are less likely to be obese, or suffer from related health conditions. Patients in hospitals with views of trees apparently even heal faster. You could call that the magic of trees! If you love trees as much as we do, then why not Dedicate a Tree in the Forest of Marston Vale. Whether it's for a loved one or for yourself - make yourself a part of the green heart of Bedfordshire. Image by Rob Felton Make time for trees Get out and about in the Forest of Marston Vale - check out our other sites, and see which one's closest to you! You could even make the most of your time outdoors by doing some fundraising for us - raise money by flying your kite, or going on a bike ride by getting sponsored and donating the proceeds to the Forest! If you're interested in helping out at our woodlands, why not become a volunteer? For more information on the Forest of Marston Vale, call 01234 767037 or email us.