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The Parks Trust 2017 Highlights

13th December 2017

As we approach the end of 2017 we wanted to look back and celebrate our highlights during the year.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked with us and supported us throughout the last 12 months. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! View our What's on guide for 2018 here


We organised a whole series of events and activities to celebrate the city’s 50th birthday. We also established a way-marked 25-mile challenge walk through our glorious parkland, which is already being well used by local charities and good causes for sponsored walks.

Splash 'n' Play

We invested £2.8million into Willen Lake and opened Splash ‘n’ Play, one of the UK’s largest outdoor splash parks with over 70 water features.

Konik Ponies

Four wild Konik ponies were introduced to the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve in May to graze the area and help maintain a diverse landscape.

Three members of the Operations team celebrating 25 years at The Parks Trust

Three members of our Operations team; Rob Riekie, Colin Savage, and Mark Colton celebrated 25 years at The Parks Trust.

30-metre-long fish refuge

We partnered with the Environment Agency and Wild Trout Trust to create a 30-metre-long refuge in times of flood for fish along the River Ouzel at Woughton.

Festival of Nature

We worked with Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust and Milton Keynes Natural History Society to present the city’s first ever week-long Festival of Nature.

Green Flag Award

In July, we received the prestigious Green Flag Award for all of the parks, woodlands and lakes we manage across Milton Keynes.

MK Hindu Association Mela

Community groups from across the city used our parkland for a variety of diverse events, including MK Hindu Association’s Mela, African Diaspora Day and Filipino Festival.

The Duke of Cambridge visit

The Duke of Cambridge visited Campbell Park in September, seen here with our Chairman and Landscape & Operations Director, as part of a special visit to celebrate the city’s 50th birthday. 

John Muir award winners

Our Outdoor Learning Team worked with around 6,000 schoolchildren throughout the year, and we now offer the John Muir award to groups across Milton Keynes.