Middleton Wood Meadow
A five-year tree planting project
In 2021 we began a joint project with Community Trees: MK, and Broughton and Milton Keynes Parish Council to enhance an area of Middleton Park, improving the habitat for wildlife by creating a woodland meadow.
The project will last 5 years (and beyond) and will include:
- 1000s of native trees and shrubs being planted
- Development of native wild flower areas
- Paths for easy access
- And more
We had hoped originally that communities and small groups from schools across Milton Keynes could take part in tree planting for the 2020/21 planting season, but this was unfortunately unable to go ahead due to Covid-19. Instead, the Direct Works Team from The Parks Trust stepped in to plant 1,200 whips (young trees) in March 2021. The plants were sourced by Community Trees:MK from OVO Energy ‘I Dig Trees' and The Woodland Trust’s nationwide planting initiatives.
The Parks Trust will continue to care for the trees for months, years and decades to come. As they develop and mature, they will add to the numbers of trees and shrubs in this area and will benefit wildlife and provide enjoyment for future generations.
In November 2021, we continued this work, as previously planned, to plant an additional 500 trees with local schools and community groups. We also welcomed the HM Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, The Countess Howe, together with The High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, George Anson Esq and Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Mohammed Khan, who each planted a tree at Middleton Wood Meadow in dedication to The Queen’s Green Canopy. This was alongside the planting of 50 trees by Giffard Park primary students.
We are partnered with Community Trees: MK to host community planting days at the site on Sunday 27th February and Saturday 5th March. In addition to this, The Parks Trust arranged opportunities for schools to take part in tree planting. We had lots of schools take part from across Milton Keynes.
Once again we partnered with Community Trees: MK to welcome local schools and community groups to take part in free tree planting sessions. The students involved helped us plant around 500 trees despite the poor weather conditions. A great effort from all involved!
If you are interested in getting involved in community planting, please see the Community Trees:MK Facebook Page