Introduction to Landscape Management
How we manage the landscape
The development of Milton Keynes demonstrates that a new city can be built in a relatively short time. However, a mature and well-structured landscape takes significantly longer to develop and requires regular and continuing management.
In the early years of the new city, to create a green and attractive landscape quickly, trees and shrubs were planted at high densities with large numbers of fast-growing plants used in the planting mixes.
It was always planned that as the planted areas became established, rigorous management would be needed to create a healthy and sustainable environment. Many of the techniques we use to achieve this are traditional, and would have been familiar to those who lived in this area centuries before the arrival of Milton Keynes.
To create, develop and manage our woodlands and plantations we use a combination of traditional thinning and coppicing on the trees and shrubs.read more
New parks for a growing city
Milton Keynes continues to grow. The proposed development plan for the city, Plan:MK prepared by Milton Keynes Council, sets out that a minimum of 26,500 new dwellings will be delivered across the Brough between 2016 and 2031, with most of this growth focused on and adjacent to the existing urban area of Milton Keynes.read more
Action for Wildlife
A wealth of wildlife can be found and experienced in our parks and green spaces across Milton Keynes. The land in our care includes ancient woodlands and recent plantations; old hedgerows and ‘veteran’ trees; grazing pastures and hay meadows; areas of scrubland; ponds, lakes, rivers and streams.read more
Our Landscape Contractors
Grass cutting, weed control, scrub pruning, hedge cutting, coppicing and treework, path resurfacing, litter collection and many other tasks make caring for our parks and green spaces hugely complex.read more
Frequently asked questions
This section aims to save you time by answering some of the questions we’re most frequently asked about vegetation and boundaries.read more