We want to encourage people to get out and explore the city’s parkland this National Tree Week, which runs from Saturday 24th November to Sunday 2nd December 2018.
To celebrate the many varied and beautiful trees that feature across the Milton Keynes landscape, we have devised a series of activities for people of all ages to enjoy.
A route for a self-guided walk has been created, which covers several of the central parks, including Campbell Park, Newlands and the Tree Cathedral. A GPX and Google Earth version of the route can be seen here.
The route details which trees walkers should look out for, including the majestic oak in Campbell Park and the poplars along the Canal Broadwalk. It is approximately three miles in length and should take around an hour to complete. Further self-guided walks, covering other areas of Milton Keynes, will shortly be available.
In addition, two competitions will be held throughout the week for people to enter. Adults can submit a photo of their favourite Milton Keynes tree to be in with the chance of winning a £50 garden centre voucher, while children can create a tree-themed collage to win a special creative prize. Head to our Facebook and Instagram pages for more information.
For those keen to find out about the notable trees in the city’s landscape, a downloadable factsheet is available with information about some of Milton Keynes’ most historic trees and where to find them.
Finally, throughout the week, videos and other content will be shared on our website and social media pages. This will include videos from several staff members showing their favourite trees from across the city and information on how Milton Keynes plantations are maintained.
David Foster, Chief Executive of The Parks Trust, commented: “We are incredibly fortunate to have some really beautiful trees in our parkland, that can be enjoyed throughout the year with the changing seasons. National Tree Week is an excellent opportunity to encourage adults and children alike to head outside and look at the glorious landscape around them. We hope lots of people will share photos of their favourite trees with us – we would love to see them!”