Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale


You know when you see an event popped up on Facebook that you really want to go to but you know you probably can’t go so you bookmarked it as “Interested” instead of “Going” – just in case, (or am I the only one! lol!). Well, this was one of the event that I did have my reservation for. Why? Two reasons: 1) My O.H. is probably working on that day anyway, as he is the designated driver – we just don’t have other mean to get there; 2) The weather seem to be not very welcoming at all. It was predicted with some showers and some hail stones even.

When the day arrived, I actually have forgotten all about it and Facebook has reminded me again that morning. At the same time, by some miracle, my O.H. also had a day of work! Hoorah! So I whispered in his sleepy ears – “Let’s go and do some tree planting with the kids.” He nodded in his sleep, and I slipped away with a big smile. I was so excited!


Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale
Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale


The event started off at 11am but we decided to go after lunch to avoid lunch picnicking in the rain. After the lunch the sky seem to have lessen to a pit-a-patter level on and off. It didn’t seem that bad and we made sure to wear warm thick clothing for the occasion.

It took us just under 40 minutes drive to get there. The plantation field was situated opposite Cranfield Airport. The sky didn’t seem to be too promising again, but we all marched in with excitement. We were aiming to plant four trees – one for each person.

The event was well organised. There were off street parking and the walked into the field was welcome by very friendly stewards in bright luminous yellow jackets. They told us to follow the path until we meet another bright luminous yellow jackets friendly steward who will give us a demonstration of how to plant a tree.


Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale


Looking around my surroundings, the plantation was busy on that day but not overwhelmed. The organisation has just got it right. There were enough trees for everyone, there were enough nets protector tubes for every trees, there were enough shovels big and small for adults and kids – if not then the stewards would gather them up and bring it back to the centre, where we can take them to do our tree planting. There were many friendly family participating and were happy to help out too.

Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale


I did worried about not having a tree there, I thought I needed to buy before we arrived. So I enquired them about this on their Facebook event page. Their responds was fast and ensured me that there were enough trees for everyone. Though the trees were free on the day, there are stewards with buckets collecting donations or you can make donations through their website.


Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale
Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale


After the demonstration, we all chose our shovels and find some wooden stakes that haven’t been netted yet – these were the ones that have not been planted. Soon we found some that are close to each other. As predicted everyones want to dig up their own, but soon found out that this was a team work project. My O.H. dug the hole. Evelyn got the tree, the net protector tube and the hammock.  Evelyn was being a super star and helped out a little here and there – with the digging, holding the stakes, hammering, stumping the soil back into the hole, and helped holding the tree whilst my O.H. put the net protector on to the tree.


Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale
Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale
Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale
Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale


Ethan, on the other hand, was being a little less co-operating. He just wanted to do his own thing for his tree. Of course, he soon found he needed help with the digging, etc. and so I stepped in. His mood got a little lighter when we dug up a few wriggly worms. They had such a laugh.


Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale
Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale
Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale


My O.H. and I also helped Evelyn with planting her tree as well. By this time, the cold wind was picking up fast and strong, and our hands were starting to get rather colder by the mintues. We decided to stop there. We didn’t want E&E to catch another cold.


On the way back, we reported to the main tent and they took a photography of us holding a sign of how many trees we have planted. Even though we didn’t accomplished four trees as aimed, we were happy with just three. Then I over heard a conversation of a group ahead of us, who were in their early twenties said that between 7 of them – they’ve planted 70 tress since 11am! Wow! I think we need take it up a notch next time!


Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale
Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale
Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale


The people of Forest of Marston Vale then email us the below photo within days after, reporting  5,000 trees were planted alone on that day!


On our way out, the entrance pitch also has two food trailers standing. One was hot food and the other was a coffee house. Even though, we only planted three trees we felt that we had made a small contribution to the world and so deservingly some chips to warm us up on our way home.

In the car, I asked Ethan what has he learned on the day. He gave me this statement:


We helped to plant trees. Trees gives us oxygen. Oxygen help us breath and without trees we will died. - Ethan (6 years old) @forest_centre #PublicTreePlanting #TreePlanting #Bedford #MiltonKeynes Click To Tweet


Okay, a bit strong but I can’t really argue with that statement.



About Forest of Marston Vale.


It is a charity run organisation fundraising to create 61 sq miles of forest between Milton Keynes and Bedford, a community forest and the Forest of Marston Vale was born.

In the early 1990s the tree cover was so low at only 3%, as the area was previously home to the massive Stewartby Brickworks and a number of landfill sites.

Today, the Forest of Marston Vale is has helped to up that figure to 30% tree cover. The area has transformed to be thriving place to live, work and play. Last year, they have achieved another 15%, but they still have a long way to go. There’s another 5 million trees to plant, and they need your help!


Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston ValePublic Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale


Ways to help!

The Forest used to rely on funding but now it is almost entirely on donations from the public, and their sales at the cafe at the Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park. All money spent goes towards making that 5 million trees a reality.

The Marston Vale Trust is the registered charity (No. 1069229) responsible for the creation of the Forest. You can help them raise funds by using their Forest Centre for the occasional cup of tea, or even host your wedding, and everything in between. 


Love Your Forest

If you’re passionate about trees you can sign up to be a volunteer or check out their Fundraising Page for a bit of inspiration. The Forest of Marston Vale is your Community Forest and, with your help, our future is growing!

If you’d like to hear more about what Forest of Marston Vale are doing in the Forest of Marston Vale or at the Forest Centre then you can find out more about it on their website here.


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Public Tree Planting Hosted by Forest of Marston Vale


*This is not a sponsored post. We really enjoyed our time there and really want to spread the words out for them.


Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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  1. 20/02/2018 / 12:08 pm

    This is really great – you know how much I love the forests. I am so glad you got to go. Like you I am sometimes stuck if Lee has to work on a Saturday as I don’t drive and some places are difficult to get to. Sarah #ExplorerKids

    • 20/02/2018 / 5:00 pm

      It was really great fun. I think if the weather has been better we’d have planted more than 3 trees! lol! x

  2. 20/02/2018 / 1:14 pm

    What a brilliant concept! I’ll hear it in mind in case we head over that way. #ExplorerKids

    • 20/02/2018 / 5:01 pm

      It’s would be great if you can meet up and do it together! Let me know if you do go. 🙂 x

  3. 20/02/2018 / 2:11 pm

    What a fantastic activity! I love that you plated 3 trees as a family. I’ll have to research whether they do something like this near us! #ExplorerKids

    • 20/02/2018 / 5:03 pm

      It’s great! I think we really need to break our record next time! lol! xx

  4. 20/02/2018 / 3:02 pm

    I love that you are doing these things with your kids! It’s so great to see families encouraging young kids to appreciate and protect the earth!

  5. 20/02/2018 / 3:31 pm

    What a fabulous and fun day! I absolutely put “interested” on Facebook events all the time! Our town was just having a fire and ice festival and while I was hoping to go the boys were still feeling a bit under the weather and it was cold and rainy besides. Maybe we’ll make it next year…. but I’ll put interested on their event just in case.

    • 20/02/2018 / 5:08 pm

      lol! I’m glad I’m not the only one. Fire and Ice festival sound really interesting. Aww… I hope the boys are feeling better soon. xxx

  6. 20/02/2018 / 6:13 pm

    Such a great post and a wonderful family event. Not just for spending time outside together (glad no hail) but instilling a sense of responsibility. I also do Interested on facebook lol.

    • 20/02/2018 / 9:30 pm

      Oh yes! I’m glad there was no hail too! That would have dropped our moods down. But we are please with just 3 tress! lol! I’m glad I’m not the only one. 🙂 x

  7. 21/02/2018 / 6:49 am

    This is such a great initiative and wonderful activity for the family!

    • 23/02/2018 / 9:33 pm

      It’s great isn’t it. It was wonderful to be able to do it as a family.

  8. 21/02/2018 / 9:44 am

    A great activity with children (despite the rain) and I love Ethan’s solemn statement at the end! He’s right though, it’s important to do things like this!!

    • 23/02/2018 / 10:09 pm

      Yes, it was an experience for us all. & Yes! I think I need to work with Ethan on how to express himself in a more softer tone. lol! x

  9. 21/02/2018 / 4:27 pm

    What a nice thing to do with Ethan and Evelyn. It’s their world and planting trees now will help to keep the world healthy for so much longer

    • 23/02/2018 / 10:23 pm

      Thank you Laura. It really was one of the thing I really want to do with the kids. x

  10. 21/02/2018 / 5:56 pm

    Really great work as parents to make children aware about the importance of planting. Childhood is the best time to learn good things.

  11. 21/02/2018 / 7:10 pm

    What a great activity! I don’t drive either, so it’s tricky getting to places sometimes

    • 23/02/2018 / 10:32 pm

      It’s very tricky. I really wish I had learn to drive when I was younger.

  12. 21/02/2018 / 10:14 pm

    What a fabulous initiative! Such a lovely way to teach children about trees and why we need to keep planting them. I think you did very well to get 3 planted – if I took my son I think we’d be proud of planting 1, he’s a big distraction 🙂 Although it did make me laugh that the people in front of you managed 70! They must have been going for it!

    • 23/02/2018 / 10:38 pm

      It’s such a great programme isn’t it. lol! I know 70! I mean – come on! Imagine, if it was in a better nice warm weather day. I think they would have planted 100s! Whilst we’d be trying to brake our record. lol!

  13. 21/02/2018 / 11:44 pm

    What a fab event. I love this. Well done for plating 3 Looks like you had so much fun too xx

    • 23/02/2018 / 10:42 pm

      Thanks Tanita. We will try our best to brake our record next time round. x

  14. 22/02/2018 / 10:35 am

    I love the look of this event, what a great way to market the need to conserve our planet and regenerate our woods. They had a much needed helping hand and really spread the word, looks like Ethan really understood what it was all about! A very impressive event and a beautiful account of your day helping out.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • 23/02/2018 / 10:49 pm

      Thank you Fiona. I’m so glad we had this opportunity to serve the earth. It is one of the thing I really want to do as a family. Thank you for hosting. xx

  15. 22/02/2018 / 6:03 pm

    Love that everything came together so that you could all go and attend the tree planting, it sounds like it was a great experience even if the weather could have been better. Looks like a really great community event in Forest Marston Vale.

    • 23/02/2018 / 10:53 pm

      I know. Such a great community effort. It was such a great experience for us all.

  16. 23/02/2018 / 11:37 am

    This is brilliant. I love initiatives like this where the kids can get involved and do something really worthwhile. I loos like you battled the weather though! lol Mich x

    • 23/02/2018 / 10:57 pm

      I think it is such a fab idea too, even though we’ve only planted 3 tress! lol! We’ll need to brake our record next time round. x

  17. 23/02/2018 / 11:17 pm

    This is such a lovely initiative and I bet my daughter would absolutely love to plant a tree. Most kids seem to love digging in mud and planting things and gardening, don’t they? Sounds like Ethan learned quite a few things on the day 🙂 #countrykids

    • 24/02/2018 / 6:30 pm

      Oh yes! My little grump Ethan learns how to do team work and a few other things along the way. It was a good day of learning and having fun at the same time. 🙂 x

  18. 24/02/2018 / 11:34 am

    Well done on planting your three trees that sounds like such a fun thing to do, if a bit cold at the moment! I also put interested instead of going on Facebook events – why is that lol?

    • 24/02/2018 / 6:38 pm

      lol! Thank you Laura. We are very proud of our three tress. 🙂 But promise to brake our record next time. Glad to know I’m not the only one who put interested on Facebook events. lol! x

  19. 24/02/2018 / 8:17 pm

    Oh wow what a fun thing to do, and such a great idea too! It’s a shame the weather wasn’t great, it’s so cold right now isn’t it? Lovely photos!

    • 25/02/2018 / 4:07 pm

      It’s really is freezing! lol! But it was great fun Laura. Thanks for your lovely comment. x

  20. 25/02/2018 / 8:04 am

    Oh I love this! What a fantastic idea for a day out and all the good things it teaches the children at the same time! I wonder if there is donewgere close to us that we can do the same? I think three trees is really good going with the children in tow. They do have a habit of slowing things down! X

    • 25/02/2018 / 4:12 pm

      It’s great. I think it would be a full day out if the weather was a bit more kind to us and I think we would have made a few friends from the community too. Do check out your area – perhaps, there is one too. x

  21. Tadej
    14/03/2018 / 8:59 am

    It hurts me when I see trees are massively cutted down all around the world and happy in the same time that your family showing a true spirit. Think about the future and plant a seed today!

    • 02/01/2019 / 12:08 am

      I know! I really hope that it is a big lesson the kids have learnt on the day. Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

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