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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in getting involved in community planting, please see the Community Trees:MK Facebook Page