At the end of 2012, the United Nations declared March 21st every year to be the International Day of Forests in a bid to raise awareness of and celebrate the importance of our forests. Put simply, forests matter.
To all of us, as well as the wildlife that live in them. They help to cool and clean our air, lock up carbon and slow the rate of climate change. They reduce flooding and stabilise water levels, protect and sustain livelihoods and provide valuable raw materials. They keep us healthier. There is no other land use more effective.
So the International Day of Forests – Thursday 21st March 2019 – is the ideal day to celebrate the community forest being created in Bedfordshire, the Forest of Marston Vale. The Forest is being created by a charity to improve the region socially, economically and environmentally; basically making it a better place to live, work and play! The Charity has already planted over 1.5 million trees, but your help is needed to plant more, not to mention helping to maintain the areas already planted.
You can support the Forest of Marston Vale on the International Day of Forests, Thursday 21st March, by organising a Wear it Green Day in your organisation. Encourage everyone to wear something (or everything!) green for the day and donate £1 to the Forest of Marston Vale. Let Robina Ballard-Davis, Fundraising Officer at the Charity, know that you’re taking part in Wear it Green Day by telephone (01234 762605) or email and take pictures on the day and post and tweet them with #WearItGreen #ForestofMarstonVale.
Help the Forest of Marston Vale towards their vision of planting another 5 million trees, because trees really do make life better!