Give Back to Milton Keynes’ Green Space For National Volunteers’ Week

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31 May 2018


We are asking people to get outdoors and lend a hand for this year’s Volunteers’ Week, which takes place between 1st and 7th June 2018.

Volunteers are an essential part of the team at The Parks Trust, generously giving their time to help the Trust maintain and enhance the beautiful landscapes across the city.

There are two special volunteering sessions being held this Volunteers’ Week, to encourage new participants who want to try something a little different and help out in their local environment.

On Friday 1st June, we are holding a litter pick at Howe Park Wood, one of the city’s most popular sites. All are welcome to join between 10am – 12noon, with all equipment provided.

Furthermore, on Wednesday 6th June between 10am and 12.30pm, and 1pm – 3pm, there will be a Himalayan Balsam Bashing session in Loughton Valley Park. This invasive weed will be being removed by hand, so wellies and gloves are essential.

Carla Boswell, Volunteer Coordinator for The Parks Trust, commented: “We would love to welcome as many people as possible to our two open volunteering events this June. It’s a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy some fresh air, while also helping us to keep the parks looking beautiful for everyone.

“With over 6,000 acres of green space across Milton Keynes under The Parks Trust’s management, the support of our 200 volunteers is invaluable. There are many people that would love to help but can’t commit regularly, which is why one-off events that are open to all work so well. We hope to see many of the city’s residents there!”



  • The Parks Trust hosted over 525 events and activities in their parks in 2019

  • Over 180,000 visitors attended an event or activity in MK Parks in 2019

  • 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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    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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