The development of Milton Keynes demonstrates that a new city can be built in a relatively short time. However, a mature and well-structured landscape takes significantly longer to develop and requires regular and continuing management.
In the early years of the new city, to create a green and attractive landscape quickly, trees and shrubs were planted at high densities with large numbers of fast-growing plants used in the planting mixes.
It was always planned that as the planted areas became established, rigorous management would be needed to create a healthy and sustainable environment. Many of the techniques we use to achieve this are traditional, and would have been familiar to those who lived in this area centuries before the arrival of Milton Keynes.