Howe Park Wood Education and Visitor Centre

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Howe Park Wood Education & Visitor Centre

Howe Park Wood Education & Visitor Centre is the first publicly open general visitor facility operated by The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes. The Education & Visitor Centre was commissioned to provide a focal point for delivering environmental education activities and raise awareness of the natural history of both the SSSI at Howe Park Wood and more generally the natural history of Milton Keynes and work of The Parks Trust.

The centre comprises a classroom, toilet facilities, a café, and a covered outdoor patio area overlooking the pond. There are features of green technology such as PV Panels, an air source heat pump and low water usage taps which we can use to demonstrate sustainable energy use. Externally, the centre is constructed with integral bird nesting boxes and insect habitat boxes which will provide an additional educational resource. There is also a newly constructed pond dipping platform area to enable access to the ponds for study.

Hours of operation:

The classroom is usually available for school bookings from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday.

Café opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm May - October. Mon-Fri 9:00am-3:00pm November - April.

Holidays: The Visitor Centre is usually open during mid-day during the holiday period. Please check this page for updates.

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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.

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