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18 July 2018


As The Parks Trust gears up for its Annual Public Meeting this coming Thursday, the 19th July, more details have been revealed about the event. The meeting will take place at our office in Campbell Park, more information can be found here.  
The Annual Public Meeting gives people from across Milton Keynes the opportunity to find out more about how we manage the green space across the city – as well as ask any difficult questions!
The event will begin at 6pm with a drinks reception, before the meeting is opened at 6.30pm by our chairman Richard Forman.
There will then be a series of short speeches by our Chief Executive David Foster, Board Member Gamiel Yafai and Biodiversity Officer Martin Kincaid.
A short Question and Answer session will take place, before the event closes around 8pm.

Further details can be found about the individual speakers below:

David Foster - Chief Executive
David Foster is Chief Executive of The Parks Trust which he joined in 2003.
In 1979 David started his career in the park ranger service in the landscape and planning team at Warrington and Runcorn Development Corporation and later moved to Warrington Borough Council. In 1987 he joined the national regeneration charity Groundwork and then went on to run the national horticultural therapy charity, Thrive (1998-2003). David has thirty years’ experience of charity management and is also on the board of The Safety Centre which is a local charity in Milton Keynes.

Richard Forman - Chairman of the Board
Richard is a Director of the Fevore Group, based in Milton Keynes. The group is principally focused on automotive services and property investment and consultancy.
Prior to managing its sale in 2011, Richard was also Chief Executive of Fevore's sister company, Wayside Group, a top 30 UK motor retailer. Richard is a Chartered Surveyor and before joining Fevore/Wayside was a Group Board Director of Lambert Smith Hampton and its predecessor companies.

Gamiel Yafai – Board Member
Gamiel is the Managing Director of a diversity consultancy and has worked with some of the UK’s largest employers to design and implement change strategies and action plans through inclusive practices to attract new talent from diverse backgrounds and to support existing talent to reach their potential. Gamiel is the recipient of the Global Diversity Leadership Award presented by the Global HRD Congress. Gamiel is also a trustee of Milton Keynes Homelessness Partnership.

Martin Kincaid – Biodiversity Officer
Martin Kincaid has been The Parks Trust’s Biodiversity Officer since 2012 having previously been Volunteers Coordinator. He started with The Trust as a volunteer in 1997. He has lived in Milton Keynes for most of his life and has studied and recorded its flora and fauna for many years. Martin is closely involved with Milton Keynes Natural History Society and records for other environmental groups such as Butterfly Conservation and the Bat Conservation Trust.



  • The Parks Trust hosted over 450 events and activities in their parks in 2018

  • Over 15,000 visitors came to activities and events across the parks in 2018.

  • 91% of event attendees said they had a Excellent, Very Good or Good experience at our events in 2018!

Discover our parks

  • Campbell Park

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    Located at the heart of Milton Keynes, Campbell Park hosts many of Milton Keynes’ major festivals and events. Its imaginative mix of formal gardens, water features, woodland and open pasture mean it’s an ideal spot to enjoy the changing seasons.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities in Campbell Park other than during special events. However, there are a wealth of cafes, bars and restaurants in the nearby city centre, theatre district and Xscape centre.

  • Willen Lake South

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    The Watersport Centre at Willen Lake, come on down and hire a boat!

    Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Visitors take part in watersports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores. It’s a great place to entertain all ages of family and friends, whether it’s a visit to the café or restaurant, a stroll, trying a beginners’ course in sailing or hiring a pedalo or bike.

    Refreshments
    The one4six café and The Lakeside Pub operated by Fayre and Square.

  • Howe Park Wood

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    Howe Park is probably the woodland mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086. Parts of it may be rare surviving fragments of the 'wildwood' that covered the whole of lowland Britain after the last Ice Age, 6-11,000 years ago.

    Refreshments
    There is a café at Howe Park Wood serving cakes, drinks and cold foods.

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