Middleton Wood Meadow

    A five-year tree planting project

    In 2021 we began a joint project with Community Trees: MK, and Broughton and Milton Keynes Parish Council to enhance an area of Middleton Park, improving the habitat for wildlife by creating a woodland meadow.

    The project will last 5 years (and beyond) and will include:

    • 1000s of native trees and shrubs being planted
    • Development of native wild flower areas
    • Paths for easy access
    • And more


    March 2021

    We had hoped originally that communities and small groups from schools across Milton Keynes could take part in tree planting for the 2020/21 planting season, but this was unfortunately unable to go ahead due to Covid-19. Instead, the Direct Works Team from The Parks Trust stepped in to plant 1,200 whips (young trees) in March 2021. The plants were sourced by Community Trees:MK from OVO Energy ‘I Dig Trees' and The Woodland Trust’s nationwide planting initiatives.

    The Parks Trust will continue to care for the trees for months, years and decades to come. As they develop and mature, they will add to the numbers of trees and shrubs in this area and will benefit wildlife and provide enjoyment for future generations.

    November 2021

    In November 2021, we continued this work, as previously planned, to plant an additional 500 trees with local schools and community groups. We also welcomed the HM Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, The Countess Howe, together with The High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, George Anson Esq and Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Mohammed Khan, who each planted a tree at Middleton Wood Meadow in dedication to The Queen’s Green Canopy. This was alongside the planting of 50 trees by Giffard Park primary students.

    Future Planting Opportunities

    We are planning to involve Milton Keynes citizens in future tree planting projects at Middleton Wood Meadow. Later this year and in 2022, Community Trees: MK are going to run events for the community, while The Parks Trust are planning to arrange opportunities for schools to take part in tree planting. Broughton and Milton Keynes Parish Council are also hoping to announce some exciting plans, so keep an eye open for updates!

    If your school wants to take part in planting in February or November 2022, please contact the Outdoor Learning Team: outdoorlearning@theparkstrust.com

    If you are interested in getting involved in community planting, please see the Community Trees:MK Facebook Page


    Discover our parks

    • Middleton

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      The Parks Trust looks after an area of informal meadows, long grass and ponds which is managed for wildlife. The land is located around the allotments which are owned by Broughton & Milton Keynes Parish Council. There is also a small community orchard next to the allotments.

    • Broughton Brook

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      This park follows the Broughton Brook, from Magna Park near the M1 through Brooklands, Broughton Gate, Broughton and Pineham. It offers local residents an attractive and quiet place to escape into green space within the city. At Broughton Gate next to Southwold Crescent there is a popular children's play area, with another located at Kidderminster Walk.

    • 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.

    • Poplar Plantation

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      The Poplar Plantation was created during one of the city’s earliest plantation schemes, in 1971. Covering around six hectares it features a wide variety of different types of poplar as well as some cricket bat willows.

    • Find out how we're getting involved in the Queen's Green Canopy Planting Initiative
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    • Make a donation to help fund our tree planting projects
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    • We have received the Green Flag Award for our entire network of parks for the fifth year in a row!
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