Vote for The Forest Centre and Millenium Country Park
Friday 30th July
...possibly the best Lottery-funded environmental project in
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
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
To find out more about the project, visit