The Greensand Country Landscape Partnership seeks applicants for new roles.

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Greensand Country Landscape Partnership, Job vacancies, Latest News

We have recently secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver an array of exciting projects, which will help us raise awareness of the heritage value of the Greensand Country and reverse the gradual decline in the distinct landscape character of this beautiful and loved place.

BRCC is the accountable body for the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership, a new Partnership established with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Greensand Country comprises the Greensand Ridge (a 35 mile-long narrow wooded sandstone ridge to the south of Bedford), and the Flit Valley.

We are now seeking to fill three new roles.

Communications and Engagement Officer
Download: Information Pack (PDF)

Conservation and Project Officer
Download: Information Pack (PDF)

Programme Support Officer
Download: Information Pack (PDF)

Equal Opportunities Monitoring
Please complete, and return with your application, our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, which can be downloaded below:

Download: Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Looking for our LEADER programme posts instead? Visit here.

To Apply

Please send:

1.    A CV which shows us how your knowledge, skills and experience fit the role as described in the person specification and job description.

2.    A supporting statement which describes:

a.    The experience and knowledge you have which would enable you to carry out the role as described in the job description.

b.    How you fit with the selection criteria as set out in the person specification.

c.    Why you would like this role.

3.    The Monitoring Form

Please e mail these to Claire Poulton at, or by post to BRCC, The Old School, Cardington, Bedford MK44 3SX.

If you would like an informal chat please call Claire on: 07534484971.


Tree planting in the Forest of Marston Vale

Written by Mike Fayers on . Posted in Green Infrastructure, Latest News, Supporting Communities, Volunteering

Get involved with a day of tree planting in the Forest of Marston Vale.

Come along any time between 11am and 3pm, on Sunday 12th Feb 2017, and help the Forest of Marston Vale reach its target of 6 million trees – all you need to bring is warm, waterproof clothes, and plenty of enthusiasm!

The Forest of Marston Vale will be supplying trees, tools and teas & coffees, so bring the whole family along to make a difference to the Forest, and plant something that will live for generations.

Free shuttle buses will be running throughout the day to the planting site in Cranfield, from the Forest Centre in Marston Moretaine.

For further information please contact:


Jo Roberts
Community Engagement Officer
Direct line: 01234 762608

Forest of Marston Vale, The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedford MK43 0PR
(For Sat Nav purposes, use MK43 0PS)

Tel: 01234 767037 │ Fax: 01234 762606 │ Web:

Bargain 50cc scooters for sale – whilst stocks last!

Written by Stephen Sleight on . Posted in Community Transport, Latest News, Wheels 2 Work

Bedfordshire Wheels to Work Scooters for Sale – November 2016

50cc Yamaha Jog RR scooters:

4 x 64 plate (2014 registration)

Prices from £650

All have a current MOT, low mileage and a full service history.

Full valet included in the price!!!!


Other 50cc Yamaha Jog RR scooters may be available.

Prices on application.


Second-hand heavy duty chains can be supplied with the scooter for an additional fee.


A full range of new and second hand safety equipment is also available.


Please contact Stephen Sleight, Bedfordshire RCC
Transport Team Leader, to arrange a viewing

Tel. 01234 832645

Visit the Marston Vale Line 170th Anniversary Exhibition at Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Latest News, MVCRP, Ridgmont Station

Our Marston Vale Line 170th Anniversary Exhibition at Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre is now open.

Entitled ‘Steam & Diesel Through Time’ our fourth Community Cabinet display contains a selection of models of steam & diesel locomotive/multiple units that have worked on the Line from the 20th century to the present.

To whet your appetite, above is a picture of the Flying Scotsman passing through Ridgmont in the 1960s.

The exhibition is open Tuesday – Saturday – 11:00 – 3:00 until 17th December. Free entry!

Crack the Code Trail at Bletchley Park this half-term

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Latest News

BRCC has been involved in an exciting arts programme taking part at Bletchley Park this half term, from Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th October.

‘Code Trail’ has been curated by Sally Annett, and is linked to the Contemplation Seats project that Sally has undertaken in partnership with BRCC’s arts development initiative, HAPPEN, and the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership.

‘Code Trail’ will see paintings and installations by artist Mark Sibley displayed in various locations around Bletchley Park as part of The Big Draw. These large immersive works explore the fluid relationships between the real, physical and abstracted ‘coded’ worlds. ‘Bench’ located in the Mansion has been created specifically for this event.

BRCC’s John Hambley has provided the design services for all the promotional material, QR codes, website and polycarbonate display panels.

More information can be found on the Bletchley Park website.

You can of course visit Bletchley Park on the Marston Vale Rail Line.

Our Donate a Vine campaign 2016 starts today!

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Latest News

We’re taking national charity match-funding scheme “Grow your Tenner” literally by asking you to support us by donating up to £10 on-line to buy vines to restore the historic vineyard at Warden Abbey.

For a limited period from 10AM today, donations of up to £10 made via the Local Giving website will be doubled. If Gift Aid is included, this means a one-off donation of £10 will mean that the charity will typically get £21.67.


But please don’t delay – to double your money you need to act before the match funding pot runs dry.  Last year it ran out in just a few days! You can read more here or donate here.

Evaluation of BRCC Good Neighbours Network project published by Nesta

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Good Neighbour Scheme, Latest News, Volunteering

An independent evaluation report on a BRCC project to scale up its Good Neighbour scheme model to other rural areas has been published by Nesta, which funded the project through its Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund.

Some difficulties were experienced with the evaluation, as the project timescale of 15 months proved insufficient for project partners to set up new Good Neighbour schemes in time to gather any meaningful data concerning their impact.

Nevertheless, the report by respected consultancy Red Quadrant concluded that “The likelihood remains that Good Neighbour schemes can be shown to be both effective and economic in the space between household and statutory service provision, helping to reduce pressures on formal services and improve quality of life for people in need, while stimulating civic involvement. In a context where the themes of post-welfare resilience, reduced public sector funding and demographic change all resonate to create intense pressures for change in adult social care, it could be regarded as injudicious not to invest thoroughly in these schemes for the future.”

You can download the report here

CPRE Mark for Warden Abbey Vineyard

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Greensand Ridge LAG, Latest News, Warden Abbey Vineyard

BRCC is delighted that our Warden Abbey Vineyard won a prestigious CPRE Mark at the Living Countryside Awards on Tuesday night in the Sustainable Enterprise category.

The Awards were presented by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis at John O’ Gaunt Golf Club near Potton.

This adds to the success of two other BRCC projects at the last Awards in 2014, when the Biggleswade Jubilee Wood won a CPRE Mark and the Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre won a silver award.

There were also two CPRE Marks and a commendation for projects that had received funding through our Greensand Ridge Rural Development Programme: Jordans Mill, Clophill Eco Lodges and Rushmere Country Park Visitor Centre.

You can find out more here

Warden Abbey Vineyard Open Day & Wine Sale – 11th September 2016

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Latest News, Warden Abbey Vineyard

Bedfordshire’s oldest vineyard is 30 this year!  Discover the hidden secrets of the medieval vineyard and abbey, why and how the monks made wine, and how we care for the vines all year round.

There will also be tours, wine tastings, other local food stalls, a “pop up” wine school, BBQ and other refreshments. Our Warden Abbey wines will be available to taste & buy (cash and cheques only please).  Also a rare opportunity to visit both the vineyard and the historic Warden Abbey building which is being thrown open by the Landmark Trust.

Located near Old Warden, the vineyard is now run by BRCC as a community vineyard which is cared for all year round by volunteers and works with other local charities and schools. The Open Day is organised by the Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard and is our main fundraiser of the year, to keep this historic vineyard for the community.

Open 11 am to 4 pm. Entry: Adults £2, accompanied children free.

The vineyard is on a gentle slope and the ground is uneven and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility.

For further information visit the Warden Abbey Vineyard website.

Barn Owl Baby Boom

Written by Cliff Andrews on . Posted in Latest News

The British Olympic Team have not been the only success story this summer – BRCC’s Barn Owl boxes in the Ivel & Ouse valleys have been overflowing with chicks. The 2nd best year ever (since the majority of the boxes were erected in 2002) has seen a total of 49 young recorded from the 50 boxes – a stark contrast to last year when only 2 boxes were successful, with a total of six young.  2016 has only been beaten by 2008 when an amazing 87 young were recorded.

owlet 2  A relaxed owlet ready to be weighed and measured.  owlet

There were 25 young from the boxes in the Ivel valley and 24 from the Ouse boxes. The largest family, with 5 young, were found in a box in the Ouse valley. The low number in 2015 has been attributed to the low number of voles, the Barn Owls main prey item. Hopefully 2017 will have plenty of voles and yield another good crop of owlets.

Barn Owls are a protected species and it is illegal to disturb or interfere with a box. The boxes in the Ivel and Ouse valleys are checked by a British Trust for Ornithology licence-holder, for whose voluntary services BRCC are very grateful.

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