Make A Difference Day 2020

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05 November 2020

Volunteers came together on Saturday 24th October for the annual 'Make a Difference Day', an event that gives local people a chance to give something back to their community.

This year's event was held at Blackhorse Wood at Great Linford Manor Park, a narrow band of woodland that runs alongside the Grand Union Canal, next to the Black Horse Pub on the Wolverton Road. The woods can be accessed down a set of steps around halfway along the Railway Walk (redway).

23 volunteers helped throughout the day to restore and create woodchip paths through the woodland using chip made from trees from across our Milton Keynes parks. Some volunteers deposited the woodchip by wheelbarrow and spread it out with rakes, whilst others gathered logs to form the edges of the paths. Altogether nearly 400m of path was resurfaced, which will provide better access through the woods.

One half of the path was ably created by our team of Youth Rangers, a volunteer group for young people aged 14-17 interested in gaining hands-on skills and experience in environmental work.

Despite the drizzly and grey weather, a huge amount was achieved and the woodland is now much easier to navigate. We are hugely appreciative of everyone involved, who also did a great job of maintaining social distancing and helping clean tools and equipment. We'd like to say a huge thank you everyone who was involved! 

Discover our parks

  • Blackhorse Wood


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    Blackhorse Wood is located off Wolverton Road, close to Stonepit Field and Great Linford Manor Park. The woodland has developed over the past forty years or so on former paddocks that straddled the embankment of the old Wolverton to Newport Pagnell railway line, which ceased being used in the 1960s and now forms the Milton Keynes Railway Walk (adopted foot/horse/cycle path).

  • Great Linford Manor Park


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    Great Linford Manor Park is a special, heritage-rich park set within the old village of Great Linford. It contains features that were first laid out centuries ago, including ponds and a Wilderness Garden which represent the English Landscape style of garden design that became popular for country estates during the 18th Century.

  • Find out more about our Youth Rangers programme for 14 to 17 year olds
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  • Nature inspired activities and resources which you can do at home or in your local parks.
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