About Us

    The Parks Trust is an independent charity that cares for over 6,000 acres of parkland and green space in Milton Keynes. This includes the river valleys, ancient woodlands, lakesides, parks and landscaped areas alongside the main roads that represent 25% of the city and we continue to take ownership of additional areas of green space as Milton Keynes expands.

    In most places parks are owned and managed by the local authority, but the city’s founders wanted to be sure that such a unique green landscape would be managed and protected forever, without having to compete for funds with other council priorities. So, The Parks Trust was created in 1992 to care for most of the city’s green space and was endowed with a substantial property and investment portfolio. The income from this portfolio pays for the vital work of nurturing and enhancing the landscape. We are entirely self-financing.

    Our Mission

    "To create beautiful and inspirational parks, lakes and landscapes that will be loved by the people of Milton Keynes, forever."

    Our Values

    At The Parks Trust we are:

    Committed

    • We safeguard the land and the environment for future generations
    • We take personal pride in whatever we do

    Responsible

    • We take ownership for our decisions
    • We are always open and honest

    Collaborative

    • We form relationships that allow us to share expertise, listen and learn
    • We work together as one cohesive team

    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.

    • Howe Park Wood

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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.

      Refreshments
      There is a Café at Howe Park Wood, however, it is currently closed for refurbishment.

    • Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve

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      Set within Ouse Valley Park, the Floodplain Forest is the newest nature reserve in Milton Keynes and the most impressive wildlife habitat creation scheme in the city’s history.

      Refreshments
      There are no refreshment facilities at this location.

    • Linford Wood

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      Enclosed in the year 1264 by Baron Von Pippard, the original owner of the Linford Manor estate, Linford Wood is the largest and oldest of the Trust's three ancient woodlands. Despite its location close to the city centre, Linford Wood provides a tranquil haven for wildlife and people. Find out more about how we manage Linford Wood by clicking here.

      Refreshments
      There are no facilities within the wood but hot and cold drinks and other refreshments are available from the BP garage on the west side of the wood.

    • 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.

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