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  • The Parks Trust looks after around 5,000 acres of parkland and green space, ensuring that it can be enjoyed all year round. No-one in Milton Keynes is ever more than half a mile from green space.
  • As well as parkland the Trust is responsible for lakesides, woodland, farmland and the landscaping alongside 80 miles of main roads.
  • The Parks Trust owns many ancient wildflower meadows and is creating even more – it has seeded over 135 hectares of land, the equivalent of 300 football pitches, with spring flowers.
  • The Trust’s sheep and cattle graze around 800 acres of our parkland, helping to create a richer diversity of wildlife and encourage the growth of wildflower rich meadows.
  • 121 ponds are flourishing in The Parks Trust’s care and are important habitats for dragonflies and other wildlife, including the great crested newt, a European protected species.
  • Milton Keynes has many great birdwatching sites and the Trust is busy creating more with support and advice from the RSPB. At North Willen Lake alone The Parks Trust has recorded over 200 bird species.
  • Howe Park Wood, one of three ancient woodlands the Trust manages, boasts more than 200 plant species, some so rare that it has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its wildlife value.
  • The Parks Trust is still planting trees and shrubs in Milton Keynes at an average rate of almost 100 a day.
  • Water is a huge part of life in Milton Keynes. Its 400 acres of lakes gives it more shoreline than Jersey, and some of our rivers have populations of spined loach which are so scarce they are internationally protected.
  • There are over 200 pieces of public art around Milton Keynes. Many of these, including the famous concrete cows, are looked after by the Trust in our parks and green spaces.
  • The Parks Trust organises over 200 events in the parks each year, provides environmental education programmes for hundreds of schools and nearly 6,000 children, and supports a team of around 160 volunteers.