Tree-top walkway officially open for visitors

Bedfordshire Lord Lieutenant Helen Nellis officially opens the walkway
Bedfordshire Lord Lieutenant Helen Nellis officially opens the walkway

Get a bird’s eye view of the tree tops with a walk along a new elevated forest walkway.

The Forest Centre, near Marston Moretaine, has officially opened it new Woodland Walkway and Tower Hide,

Tree-top walkway at The Forest Centre

Tree-top walkway at The Forest Centre

The new structure is the latest addition to the Wetland Nature Reserve, a part of the larger 225 hectare Country Park, which is dedicated to wildlife and in particular birds.

Its long walkway-ramp, from ground level to the 6m high Tower Hide, allows everyone, including wheelchair users, to access the octagonal hide, which has panoramic views across the nearby reed beds and nature reserve.

The £120,000 project was part funded by GrantScape a distributor of Landfill Communities Fund Grants and match funded by the Forest of Marston Vale Trust’s own resources, with valuable contributions from both Central Bedfordshire Council and Natural England.

It was officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis.

Nick Webb, the Trust’s CEO, said: “The visit by the Lord-Lieutenant for Bedfordshire is an important occasion and marks the regional significance of the nature reserve.

“It is equally important for local residents and visitors to the area, to enjoy the unique perspective of viewing nature from this fantastic new structure.”

Since its inception in the late 1990s the Wetland Nature Reserve has become established as a regionally-important centre for birds.

There has been 205 different species recorded as having visited, 130 of which are regular annual visitors, including nationally-rare species such as the bearded tit, bittern and marsh harrier.