Hazeley Wood was planted by Milton Keynes Development Corporation in 1991. The long-term aim was to create a mature oak woodland for the new city. After many years of being a field of trees Hazeley is finally beginning to look and feel like a woodland. But there is still a long way to go: the wood will not finally reach maturity until 2141.
One of the loveliest features of Hazeley Wood are the enormous grass rides which cut through the woodland, opening up views. Some of these may one day become corridors for grid roads, cycleways, and a proposed oil pipeline as the city expands. But at present they offer a quiet location for walking and picnicking, as well as for wildlife.
As a developing woodland Hazeley Wood needs a lot of care and attention and it is not unusual to see the Trust's volunteer work parties amongst the trees, pruning side branches of the oaks to improve their form. This is just one of many jobs that our practical volunteers carry out to help keep the parks in great shape.
The wood links with the North Bucks Way, which is a long distance footpath and green corridor that runs all along the western edge of Milton Keynes. The Parks Trust owns land along sections of this old routeway and our long term aim is to join up our ownership to create a new linear park all the way from the Tattenhoe Valley in the south west to the Ouse Valley Park in the north.
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Hazeley Wood is abundant in wildlife because its’ location on the edge of the city means it is largely undisturbed. In summer the grass rides are filled with wildflowers which attract masses of butterflies and other insects; these in turn attract a huge variety of birds and bats to feed on them. Later in the year Jays can be seen gathering acorns for winter food and the wood becomes a fantastic place to see autumn and winter fungi.
Hazeley Wood is located next to the new Grange Farm estate at the western end of H4 Dansteed Way and the northern end of V3 Fulmer Street.
The wood is open at all times with no charge for entry or parking.
There is a small car park off Dansteed Way, about 100 metres after the Grange Farm roundabout.
There are no public toilets in the wood.
There are no facilities in the wood. The nearest shops are at Grange Farm, about ten minutes walk away, or Shenley Church End local centre or the Westcroft Centre, both of which are a few minutes' drive away.
The site is flat with grass paths and rides, although these may become soft in wet weather.