Forest planting project wins £85k boost from Center Parcs

Center Parcs artist's impression.
Center Parcs artist's impression.

Money doesn’t grow on trees but a healthy chunk of hard cash can help develop a forest.

Center Parcs, due to open its fifth village, Woburn Forest, soon, has donated £85,000 towards The Forest of Marston Vale’s planting project.

The funds have paid for hundreds of native trees to be planted at Top Farm to the south of Lidlington Village.

Top Farm plantation project is managed by The Forest of Marston Vale on 30 acres of land, a few miles from the new Center Parcs Village.

The land is being developed to attract wildlife and for local people to enjoy. The project is costing £250,000 and started last year.

James Russell, woodland development manager for The Forest of Marston Vale said: “Without the help and support of Center Parcs, this project wouldn’t have been possible. It’s not just about the money though, it has been great to have a brand like Center Parcs supporting a very local project as this has encouraged further financial support from other sources.”

Milton Keynes company, Land Structure Limited, has started planting 62,000 native trees and shrubs at Woburn Forest. Almost 100,000 trees and shrubs will have been planted by the end of 2014.