The Woodland Trust along with Sainsbury’s, IKEA FAMILY, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Yorkshire Tea, have 4,750 tree packs available to give away for autumn.

Over the next four years, DEFRA is supporting The Woodland Trust to offer an additional 400,000 British native trees to up to 7,000 state funded primary schools across England.

Alistair says: “This is a great opportunity and will help schools improve their local environment and enable children to learn and understand the importance of nature.

If there isn’t room for the trees in school grounds, the Woodland Trust will be providing help with finding somewhere else to plant the trees. Schools can apply for free tree packs by visiting the Woodland Trust website at and the closing date for applications is September 9th 2016 for tree delivery in November, so do get your order in.”



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The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conversation charity championing native wood sand trees. It has more than 500,000 members and supporters and its three key aims are: i) to enable the creation of more native woods and place rich in trees. ii) to protect native woods, trees and their wildlife for future. iii) to inspire everyone and enjoy and value woods and trees.

Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,200 sites in its care covering approximately 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres). Access to all Woodland Trust sites is free.


I made this statement yesterday and it was reported by various agencies. I thought it might be helpful to post it here as well:-
"Bedfordshire North East MP Alistair Burt has announced he is stepping down from his frontbench role as Health Minister.
Mr Burt told MPs his decision had nothing to do with Brexit.
He informed David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt "a few weeks ago" that he would not be seeking a position in a reshuffled government.

On the 23rd June the UK decided to leave the EU. I make no secret of the fact that I am profoundly disappointed with that result, against which I campaigned, and which will have many adverse consequences for us.

However, whilst I disagree with the outcome, it is hard to argue that the weeks and months campaigning did not make it clear that the result would act as an instruction to Parliament. And while, as in almost all campaigns, there are arguments which ar...e claimed to be false or misleading, the public had every chance to be aware of the issues from official government publications, campaign literature, adverts, and endless media.

Read more: BREXIT AFTERMATH 26th June 2016

After months of campaigning, and indeed years of argument, you will have a chance tomorrow, as the manifesto on which I was elected promised, to cast your vote on whether the UK remains in the EU or not.

The campaign has been sharp, as there is much at stake, and I am sorry if you have found it more divisive than you expected. We have all learnt a great deal, and whichever way the vote goes tomorrow, as your MP I appreciate there is a lot to listen to, and think about. Whoever has won, there has been a good deal of support for the other side from members of the public. So both sides’ views deserve respect and attention. Going forward together as a nation after June 23rd, we will need to remember that, and some humility from your MPs will be appropriate

Read more: WHEN THE CAMPAIGNING IS DONE - The EU Referendum June 23rd 2016

The wicked murder of Jo Cox last week has stunned my colleagues, as it has the nation. I can add little to what has been said about the circumstances, but can fully endorse everything that has been said about the MP herself. In my meetings and contacts with Jo Cox, I found her all that people will have read about, and her loss is a tragedy for politics and Parliament, while so much more for her husband, children and family. I am sure I will speak for all my constituents as I express our deep sadness and condolences to them.

Read more: Reflection on Jo Cox MP - June 2016

The unemployment claimant rate for North East Bedfordshire was 1.3% lower than the UK average claimant rate of 2.5% according to official unemployment figures release in March 2016. The total number of claimants in the area (which includes both Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal credit) is also falling, with 19 less claimants than a few months previously, in February 2016. It is encouraging to see that the constituency is well below the national average for the number of unemployment claimants.

This continues North East Bedfordshire’s trend of holding a much lower unemployment claimant rate than both the East of England and the UK as a whole. The rate of unemployment was the lowest in the East of England, with a rate of 1.6%, which includes the North East Bedfordshire constituency. Constituents should take encouragement in these recent figures, as the area continues to perform well above national averages.

For more information on these unemployment figures, please visit the following:

This week marks Dementia Awareness week, led by Alzheimer’s Society, which is all about tackling dementia directly. Parliamentarians and the general public are joining forces to raise awareness about how we can support people affected by dementia.

Dementia affects over 850,000 people in the UK, with the figure set to rise to over 1 million in the next 10 years. By working alongside the Alzheimer’s Society, we can enable support and information to flow towards those affected. Alzheimer’s Society is committed to spending at least £100 million in the next 10 years, to help find a cure for a problem that affects so many.

North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt, already a Dementia friend, says: "I fully support the fight against Dementia. We all know someone that has been affected and this week provides a fantastic opportunity to increase awareness. There are a wide variety of support groups available across the constituency, including cognitive stimulation and peer support across the county. "


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