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Vote for The Forest Centre and Millenium Country Park

Friday 30th July

                                               

...possibly the best Lottery-funded environmental project in the land!

 

The Forest Centre and Millennium Country Park has made it through to the finals of the National Lottery Awards for best environmental project in the country.

 

This is thanks to all the people who voted – but now voting has started again and with lots of support the project could now win the final!

 

The Forest Centre and Millennium Country Park has become one of the most popular visitor destinations in Marston Vale, with 170,000 visits to the Centre and over 400,000 visits to the Park last year.

 

In addition to providing eight kilometres of walking and cycling trails, four kilometres of horse trails, a play area and sensory wildlife garden, the 225 hectare park is a haven for families and wildlife attracting over 80 species of birds as well as deer, hares and otters.

 

Lottery funding allowed the park to transform 225 hectares of farmland into a wonderful patchwork of habitats, trails and places to explore, and to build a visitor and conference centre which generates a profit for a parent charity, making the project self sufficient and sustainable and providing a great breathing space for local people and businesses alike.

 

Visitor satisfaction has been highlighted by positive comments from 94% of comment cards received in the last year and the award of the nationally recognised Green Flag for the last three years.

 

Bedford Borough Council has supported the project, playing a part in making the Forest of Marston Vale, the Forest Centre and the Millennium Country

Park the success it is today.

 

To vote for the Millennium Country Park just phone 0844 686 7607 (calls cost 5p from a BT landline, costs from other networks may vary) or vote online at

www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards.

 

Please vote soon as voting ends at noon on Friday 13th August.

 

The result will be broadcast live from BBC1 on September 4th – so let’s make sure that Bedford comes top, where it belongs.

 

To find out more about the project, visit http://www.marstonvale.org/.

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