Elfield Nature Park
A hidden jewel, and one of Milton Keynes’ most interesting wildlife sites is how the Parks Trust views Elfield Park, where work is underway to create a nature park allowing visitors – especially schools – to see wildlife close up.
Close to the National Bowl, the new nature park came to the Parks Trust with an endowment of £285,000 which has been calculated as the amount needed to cover the long-term cost of maintaining this new resource for the city.
By the time landscaping, seeding and path building are complete Elfield Park will be unlike anything else we have in Milton Keynes, boasting a wonderful mix of woodland, short turf, wildflowers and flowering shrubs on warm sunny banks and sheltered slopes and hollows that will hum with butterfly and insect life, which in turn will attract bats and birds to the park.
An existing pond is being restored and two new ones created encouraging more of the amphibian life in which the site is already rich. In time it should become a haven for rare species such as the great crested newt to breed.