Heritage in our Parks

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The Parks Trust are custodians of many pieces of important local heritage.  These sites include the Brick Kilns at Great Linford, the Roman Villa outline at Bancroft and the ruins of St Peters Church at Stanton Low Park.  We also have several scheduled ancient monuments with the parkland, these are mainly earthworks from medieval villages and motte and baileys, including Shenley Toot.

Discover our parks

  • Stanton Low Park


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    Stanton Low Park lies to the north of Milton Keynes and offers attractive views across the valley of the River Great Ouse. Despite being one of the newer parks in Milton Keynes, the area is rich in heritage.

  • 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.

  • Ouzel Valley Park


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    The Ouzel Valley Park meanders from Caldecotte Lake in the south to Willen Lake in the north. The park has a spacious, open atmosphere with long views. Much of the land is farmed by The Parks Trust rearing our own cattle and sheep, between the livestock you can still see the remnants of an old field system with the ridge and furrow still visible. Incorporating the historic villages of Woolstone and Woughton, the park is bordered on its western side by the Grand Union Canal.

  • Ouse Valley Park


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    The Ouse Valley Park lies in the floodplain of the Great Ouse which flows from Oxfordshire to the Wash. The park is the most rural of any found in Milton Keynes and is a great place to go to experience the feeling of the countryside without leaving the city. Old trees, hedgerows, meadows, and new plantations combine to provide excellent habitats for wildlife.

  • North Loughton Valley Park


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    This area of linear parkland runs from Blue Bridge at the Grand Union Canal down as far as Lodge Lake at Loughton Lodge. Its features include historical items and some world famous Milton Keynes icons!

  • The Toot


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    This small pasture area at Shenley Church End is a scheduled ancient monument because in 1239 AD it was a moated motte and bailey castle, home to the family of Hugh, Earl of Chester. The motte and bailey castle consisted of an earth-built mound (the motte) normally topped with a timber tower, standing in a flat fortified enclosure (the bailey). Please note the toot can be hard to access at different times of the year due to the motte around it.

  • Our parks are home to nearly 30 pieces of beautiful public art.