We're an independent charity that cares for many of Milton Keynes parks and green spaces. This adds up to 6,000 acres of river valleys, woodlands, lakesides, parks and landscaped areas alongside the main roads.
The Parks Trust looks after over 6,000 acres of parkland and green space, ensuring that people can enjoy the outdoors all year round. Everyone in Milton Keynes is within half a mile of green space.
As well as parkland the Trust is responsible for lakesides, woodland, farmland and the landscaping alongside 180 kilometres of grid roads. It costs the Trust around £6m each year to care for the parks and landscapes in Milton Keynes.
The Parks Trust owns many wildflower meadows and is creating and restoring even more – currently it has over 135 hectares of wildflower-rich meadow land, the equivalent of around 193 football pitches.
Over 130 ponds are flourishing in The Parks Trust’s care and are important habitats for dragonflies and other wildlife, including the great crested newt, a protected species.
Howe Park Wood, one of three ancient woodlands the Trust owns and manages, boasts more than 200 plant species and scarce butterflies such as black hairstreak and white admiral. Howe Park Wood has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its wildlife importance.
The Trust manages Willen Lake which is Milton Keynes’ most popular park and offers a wide range of watersports and land based activities. The wakeboarding centre at the lake has been home to three UK champions of the sport.
The Trust’s sheep and cattle graze around 750 acres of our parkland, helping to create a richer diversity of wildlife and encourage the growth of wildflower rich meadows. In addition we have 50 horse and pony paddocks covering over 85 acres of land.
Milton Keynes has many great birdwatching sites in our care including the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve, Stony Stratford Nature Reserve and Linford Lakes Nature Reserve. At North Willen Lake alone over 200 bird species have been recorded.
On average we plant around 40,000 new trees and shrubs each year to replace plants dying out or those affected by utility works and landscape remodelling. Since 1992 we will have planted one million new trees and shrubs and in the last nine years we have planted over 400,000 bulbs.
The Parks Trust organises over 200 events and activities in the parks each year, provides environmental education programmes for around 6,000 people, and is supported by over 200 volunteers from the local community.
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 ran by Grounds. The café is operating a takeaway only service until further notice.
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.