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The Wilderness is one of the 18th century English Landscape Garden features that survives in the park. It was the perfect place for a leisurely walk with family or friends and we want to recreate this in the modern park.

Tucked away in the Wilderness are the ruins of the Doric Seat, an 18th century neo-classical folly which was used as a place to walk out to and as a place to take tea in the 18th century. We will be reinterpreting the Doric Seat as a quiet place for a picnic, to relax or as somewhere for a story. The outline of the structure will be recreated as a low stone wall and visitors will be able to visualise what the original folly looked like and the view it would have had over the Ouse Valley.

We will also be creating new surfaced footpaths to meander through the Wilderness as originally intended, and we will be planting new trees and shrubs. A boardwalk will lead underneath the ancient Lime Tree to protect its roots for the future.

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  • Great Linford Manor Park


    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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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 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.