The Parks Trust illuminates the Light Pyramid in celebration of parks!

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14 October 2020


For the fourth year in a row, The Parks Trust have again been granted a Green Flag Award for their entire network of parks in Milton Keynes.

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.

To this day, The Parks Trust are the first and only organisation to win the Green Flag Award for a whole-city approach rather than for an individual park. To qualify for the award The Parks Trust had to submit and be assessed on their management plan that covers the whole park system. They were recognised as having very high and consistent standards throughout the parks in their care along with high community engagement thanks to the hundreds of events and activities they organise and enable annually. This year was a record-breaking year for the Green Flag Awards with over 2,000 parks and greenspaces receiving the accolade.

David Foster, Chief Executive of The Parks Trust said “We’ve been delighted to receive such fantastic acknowledgment for our parks this year – the historic parks recognition of the quality of Campbell Park, the huge outpouring of appreciation from the people of MK during lockdown for their parks and now the Green Flag Award for the fourth year running.  It’s a huge credit to those who designed and created the parks and all those who have worked so hard to keep improving them, our staff, our contractors and our fantastic volunteers – it really is a great team effort”.

Commenting on The Parks Trust success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.

“It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, The Parks Trust has achieved the highest international standards for its city-wide parkland demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

Tonight, we will be joining buildings and landmarks across the country, including the White Cliffs of Dover at Samphire Hoe, the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Salford’s Media City, who will be lighting their buildings up green to celebrate parks. We will be lighting the Light Pyramid in Campbell Park on Wednesday 14th October to join in with the celebrations and to say a massive thank you to the parks staff and volunteers for all their work this year.



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.

  • 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.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments and food can be found nearby at The Black Horse and the Nag’s Head which are open for lunch and supper. Milton Keynes Arts Centre has a small café where drinks can be purchased.

  • Ouzel Valley Park

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    The Ouzel Valley Park meanders from Caldecotte Lake in the south to Willen Lake in the north. The park has a spacious, open atmosphere with long views. Much of the land is farmed by The Parks Trust rearing our own cattle and sheep, between the livestock you can still see the remnants of an old field system with the ridge and furrow still visible. Incorporating the historic villages of Woolstone and Woughton, the park is bordered on its western side by the Grand Union Canal.

    Refreshments
    There is the Ye Olde Swan pub at Woughton on the Green and a further two pubs - the Barge and the Cross Keys – that are located on Newport Road in Woolstone village.

  • Willen Lake North

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    Willen Lake North is home to one of Milton Keynes’ best-known landmarks, the first Peace Pagoda to be built in the western world - and to a rich and varied bird population.

    Refreshments
    Nearest refreshments are at the Lakeside Hotel and Cafe (weekends and school holidays) at South Willen Lake. The Camphill Community runs a vegetarian café opposite the main car park.

  • Ouse Valley Park

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    The Ouse Valley Park lies in the floodplain of the Great Ouse which flows from Oxfordshire to the Wash. The park is the most rural of any found in Milton Keynes and is a great place to go to experience the feeling of the countryside without leaving the city. Old trees, hedgerows, meadows, and new plantations combine to provide excellent habitats for wildlife.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments can be found at Stony Stratford, Wolverton and New Bradwell alongside the park. At Old Wolverton the route passes directly by the Wolverton House pub restaurant.

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