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We host around 500 events and activities across Milton Keynes' green space every year, check out our calendar to find out what's on in the parks.
Explore this section to discover the different activities you can enjoy across the parks including walking, running and cycling.
Find out how our charity cares for the city's parks and green space to ensure they will be loved by the people of Milton Keynes forever.
Every year we help around 6,000 people to learn about their local environment through outdoor learning sessions.
Celebrate and appreciate the animals in your local parks this World Animal Day! Find out ways you can help animals and what we are doing in Milton Keynes to improve habitats for wildlife.
We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the prestigious Investing in Volunteers award.
Explore the wildlife wonders and expectations of this year's Autumn in the UK with the Milton Keynes Natural History Society.
Join The Parks Trust for exciting outdoor adventures and learning opportunities this school year with Junior Park Rangers.
Learn new habits for ageing well with the help of the Open University.
Willen On Ice promises chills, thrills, and icy adventures at Milton Keynes’ most popular park this festive season.
From biodiversity hotspot Floodplain Forest Nature to the historic Great Linford Manor Park. Discover what our top 5 parks are in Milton Keynes!
Discover the vibrant wildlife of Milton Keynes this summer with the Milton Keynes Natural History Society. Uncover the city's natural wonders and explore the teeming with wildflowers, butterflies, and birdsong.
We are proud to win our seventh Green Flag Award and second Green Heritage Site Accreditation for Great Linford Manor Park.
Whatever the family is searching for this summer, be that excitement, adventure, chills or thrills, there’s something at Willen Lake for everyone.
Discover what's on for this Summer featuring free outdoor activities, play weeks, nature exploration, and community litter picks in Milton Keynes.
Discover the harmless wonders of Milton Keynes' grass snakes and slow-worms. Remember, they're protected by law, so observe from a distance and enjoy their beauty!
The 18th- 25th June 2022 marks Drowning Prevention Week so we have put together some top tips to help you stay safe around our waterbodies this summer!
Great Linford Manor Park project has been shortlisted for 2023 Heritage Interpretation Awards! Discover the restoration and community engagement efforts to reveal, revive and restore this historical site.
The ponds in the parks are currently full of life! Please leave tadpoles in their natural habitat to improve their chances of survival.
We are proud to officially unveil Milton Keynes' new Triceratops public art design at Peartree Bridge by 5-year-old Freya Bundy.
We are celebrating our wonderful volunteers and the impact they have on Milton Keynes' parks.
The results are in and we have selected the winners of this year's Litter Poster Competition.
Let us handle the entertaining with our Kids Clubs, or try a new watersport, take to the lake with Boat Hire or stay dry with Treetop Extreme and Archery.
Our family-friendly Alphabet Trail featuring 26 plaques tells the story of Great Linford Manor Park's historic and natural heritage.
We are pleased to share the news that Hannah Bodley has been appointed to the newly created post of Deputy Chief Executive.
If you’re looking for a fun-family day out this Easter, look no further than Willen Lake. With a variety of activities based both on and off the water there’s something for everyone.
We're excited to welcome 'Change Please' to Willen Lake Bar & Kitchen from Wednesday 29th March.
Mark Niels inspired poem, 'The People's Spring', has found its home at the Hine Spring in Great Linford Manor Park.
Play your part in protecting Milton Keynes' wildlife by keeping dogs on leads whilst exploring the city's ancient woodlands.
We celebrated the fantastic contribution from our volunteers with our Annual Volunteer Awards event on Friday 24th February.
Join our team this season to help create memorable experiences for visitors to MK's most popular park.
Tender applications are now open for a new ice cream concession in Milton Keynes' parks. The trader will be required to enter into a 2 year agreement to operate April to September.
Take on the Treetop drop, have a go at achery or explore Milton Keynes' largest play area.
Now’s the perfect time to get outdoors with your pet pooch. The health benefits of regular dog walking are huge for owners and their pets - improved cardiovascular fitness, lower blood pressure, stronger muscles and bones and decreased stress to name a few...
So far, the winter this year has been relatively mild, and as a result, many of the trees have remained green for longer, the grass has been continuing to grow and some plants are prematurely springing into action with new shoots.
To celebrate National Tree Week (26 November - 4 December 2022), we are happy to launch our helpful brand-new guide that helps identify the local tree species we have in Milton Keynes, and it’s completely free!
To celebrate Trustee Week we've interviewed some members of our current board to share insight into what it's like to be a Trustee at The Parks Trust.
Today celebrates Outdoor Classroom Day, which is a global movement that helps create opportunities and encourages children to take their learning outside.
If you’re looking for some free fun this half-term, get down to Willen Lake and enjoy a spooky trail that could earn you and the kids a treat!
The restoration scheme to restore, reveal and revive one of the most historic parks in Milton Keynes has been successfully completed.
We're delighted that our Linear Park Management has been shortlisted for the Landscape Institute Award.
Read what this local wildlife group have been up to this summer in Milton Keynes' parks.
Calling all Primary schools! Get involved in our Junior Park Rangers programme this academic year.
It’s been almost a year since we recruited our new team of Park Enforcement Officers that help keep Milton Keynes' parks safe for all to enjoy. One of our officers, Gareth Sullivan, has shared his experience with us so far...
We had the pleasure of hosting Gardeners' Question Time at The Chrysalis Theatre on Tuesday 9th August. Check out the highlights in this blog.
Dragonflies are colonising the UK at a greater rate than ever before, with 6 new species arriving since the late 1990’s...
Visit Willen Lake this summer to enjoy an epic family day out. Whether it's an adventure on the lake or exploring on dry ground...
We have been awarded a sixth consecutive Green Flag Award for our entire network of parks and Great Linford Manor Park has been given Green Heritage Site Accreditation award in recognition of its local and national significance.
This Sunday, we celebrate 30 years of caring for Milton Keynes' parks. We look back at some of our most memorable moments and congratulate members of staff who have been with us since the beginning!
Bird ringing as we know it today started in 1899 by a Danish schoolteacher, but other attempts at individually marking birds to understand their movements have been recorded since Roman times.
We saw a record amount of over 230 guests attending the Annual Public Meeting last Thursday evening (23rd June). Over the meeting, we discussed the latest reports of the financial year 2021-2022.
Butterfly Conservation's latest findings do not make happy reading. Find out about the threatened species and what we're doing to help in Milton Keynes.
Hear about the latest sightings of wildlife in this guest blog from the Milton Keynes Natural History Society.
The return of our warblers in the spring is well underway! Warblers can be secretive birds, singing from deep within scrub or reed beds and they are often tricky to identify compared with more familiar songbirds in Milton Keynes.
Our young rangers united at Great Linford Manor Park to complete conservation missions.
We're stocking Milton Keynes lakes with Tench. Healthy fish stocks are not just important to those who fish for them, but also as part of the underwater food chain.
Gordon joined The Parks Trust as Head Ranger in 1995 from Northumberland. He soon became a popular and core member of the newly formed team and never missed the opportunity to introduce his team mates into the joys of mothing.
With all the major works that have been going on to restore and interpret the history of Great Linford Manor Park, we are now providing a mooring point for Electra!
If you’re looking for a fun-family day out, check out the outdoor entertainment on offer at Willen Lake this Easter Holiday. With a variety of activities based both on and off the water there’s certainly something to please everyone.
One of the most popular spring flowers - Cowslips, often associated with Easter, is the cousin of the Primrose (primula) which translates from Latin as Spring Rose or first flower.
Our new watersports season is here! Check out to see what we've been up too in the winter months to make the new season an action packed one.
This International Women's Day (Tuesday 8th March) we are celebrating the stories of the women who made Great Linford their home over the centuries.
Help protect the wildlife in Howe Park Wood by keeping dogs on leads and keeping to the designated pathways.
As temperatures steadily rise, our native amphibian species begin to stir and awaken from their winter torpor.
Featuring hundreds of exciting events, workshops and festivals across Milton Keynes' green spaces.
Learn more about the MKNHS, an organisation that hosts weekly talks which cover a variety of nature related topics and provide members with a chance to discuss the latest sightings and wildlife news.
The Parks Trust has entered an agreement with Milton Keynes Council to take on a 999-year lease of the almshouses in Great Linford Manor Park.
After nineteen successful years leading The Parks Trust, Chief Executive, David Foster will be retiring in June of this year, which also coincides with the charity turning 30 years old.
During what has been another unusual year for us all, we have been working hard to maintain our high standards of care for the parks, lakes and woodlands in Milton Keynes. Take a look back at what we achieved in 2021.
Our volunteers have been busy at Great Linford Manor Park.
Learn about the current status of protected bird species and they're breeding that's found in Milton Keynes parks this year, with a detailed insight by one of our Biodiversity Officers, Martin Kincaid.
Find out more about the trees in Milton Keynes and join us in celebrating this year's National Tree Week.
We have been working in partnership with Community Trees: MK on various tree planting projects across the city.
This week we have undertaken further tree planting at Middleton Park in celebrating of The Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Things to do with the family in Milton Keynes' parks this autumn!
Discover what it's like to be a trustee and how you can apply for this volunteer role at The Parks Trust.
Exciting new play sculptures have been installed at Great Linford Manor Park in Milton Keynes.
Have you spotted our new heritage signage across Milton Keynes' parks? We hope that they will help visitors and locals understand and visualise the history of the parks.
Find out what's been happening to the ponds at Great Linford Manor Park as part of our National Lottery Heritage Fund project.
In response to rising levels of anti-social behaviour including littering, dog fouling, and graffiti we have just recruited three Park Enforcement Officers to help our current Ranger team keep the parks safe and enjoyable for everyone.
Applications are now closed for these positions. Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park and is home to a whole host of watersports and activities for the whole family. It has around 1,000,000 visitors a year, drawing people from all over the UK.
Have you spotted our team carrying out some important work on the river bank near the Iron Trunk Aqueduct?
For the fifth year in a row, we have again been awarded a Green Flag Award for our entire network of parks in Milton Keynes.
As Milton Keynes expands, The Parks Trust wants to ensure all new areas of the city benefit from the same extent and quality of green space as is found in the established areas. Find out more about our aims for the future of MK's green space in our new 'Milton Keynes' Inspirational Landscapes' document.
Autumn is one of the best times of year foraging in Milton Keynes. Foraging, or searching for and harvesting wild food and resources, can be a rewarding and fun way to explore your local green space. Find out how in this blog.
We are excited to announce that at midday on Friday 24th September 2021, Willen Lake will open its brand new play area. This new extended play area is over an acre in size and will be Milton Keynes’ biggest free to use play area.
Autumn is a great time for exploring the parks as you enjoy the scenery transforming as the trees leaves change colour. Discover why the leaves change colour in this blog.
John Lewis Partnership and The Parks Trust are teaming up to support opportunities for schools and community groups to get involved in free local environmental initiatives.
We are excited to be again taking part in Heritage Open Days, which are running between 10-19 September 2021. We have arranged a variety of events to help you explore Milton Keynes’ hidden history.
Read about our recent celebrations from the 2021 Festival of Archaeology at Great Linford Manor Park.
Check out the highlights of our 2021 Annual Public Meeting and read our latest Annual Report.
To celebrate Moth Night which is taking place from 8th to 11th July, we welcome moth enthusiast and a previous Parks Trust Youth Ranger, Ayla Webb, to tell uncover some fascinating facts about moths!
Discover the new tree ID labels at Great Linford Manor Park.
We are pleased to announce the opening of our brand-new Watersports Centre! From Saturday 26 June 2021, you’ll be able to visit our purpose-built home for all our exciting watersport activities.
Work is starting to take shape at Dinosaur Valley, the new adventure golf course which is due to open at Furzton Lake in Milton Keynes in 2022.
You may have noticed a sudden abundance of our brightly coloured friends, the dragon- and damselflies, around MK and particularly around bodies of water in the past month.
To celebrate World Environment Day 2021, we’re discussing our acorn collection scheme and the positive impact oak trees have on biodiversity in Milton Keynes.
At this time of year, seasonal bird migration is well underway. Discover more about your local migratory birds in this wildlife blog from out Outdoor Learning team.
A new way to see the parks along the canal is coming this summer. Take a trip along the Grand Union Canal on the new MK community trip boat Electra. Brought to Milton Keynes by BMK Waterway Trust the new boat will be housed at The Parks Trust owned Campbell Wharf Marina.
Spring is in fully swing and beautiful English bluebells have begun to carpet our forest floors. You will now be able to spot the bluebells in any of our 3 ancient woodlands: Shenley Wood, Howe Park Wood or Linford Wood.
This May is National Walking month and to celebrate, we are encouraging you, to get out into the great outdoors. Throughout the month you’ll be able to attend a variety of walking events, take part in our Walking Festival and follow new self-led routes.
Get involved with Earth Day on 22nd April with these fun activities.
Hedge laying is a traditional countryside management technique used to maintain a hedgerow. This process keeps it in good health, maintaining best habitat practise and promoting traditional rural skills.
Did you know we look after over 25 free to use play areas and 4 trim trails across the city?
Explore the arboretum this spring at Great Linford Manor park to admire the trees in blossom. Check out our new arboretum map to help you identify the trees.
We are about to begin 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.
In line with government guidance, from Thursday 5th November, outdoor gym equipment will be closed. Play areas will be able to remain open with restrictions in place.
We are about to begin a restoration project on two Brick Kilns located at Great Linford, by the Grand Union Canal.
Coinciding with St Valentine’s Day, when birds are also starting to ‘couple up’, birding charities around the UK ask people to put up a nest box for our newly matched birds and give their family a head start in life.
Our Outdoor Learning team has created a 5-day activity challenge to encourage you and your family to get outdoors and appreciate all that nature has to offer this February half-term.
One way in which we can support young people is by spending time outdoors. We have lots of resources on our website for activities to do in the parks if you are a little stuck for ideas.
Did you know, the largest UK volunteer citizen science project is taking place at the end of January and you can be part of it?
We are dedicating the area of Newlands that links Campbell Park to Willen Lake as a special place of remembrance and will initially be planting an avenue of Lime trees that will line either side of the walk, with further tree planting to follow and the creation of a wildflower meadow.
As we enter into a new year, we decided to take a look back at 2020. Despite all the challenges we also want to acknowledge some of the positives to come out of the last 12 months.
Congratulations to one of our long-standing volunteers on winning the Green Flag Volunteer of the Year.
Our dedicated team of volunteers have worked hard to restore the ponds in Campbell Park. Find out about the work they did and why ponds are so important to wildlife in our latest blog.
This year has been a year like no other in so many ways and for The Parks Trust Outdoor Learning Team this has been no exception. Find out what the team have been up to in this blog!
Watling Academy, a brand new Secondary in Milton Keynes, was one of the schools which jumped on board with our acorn growing project.
Our popular school based Junior Park Ranger Programme started again in September for Primary Schools in Milton Keynes. Check out the highlights from some of our previous sessions!
Volunteers came together on Saturday 24th October for the annual 'Make a Difference Day', an event that gives local people a chance to give something back to their community.
Woodlands become magical in October! As the daylight hours are drawing in and the days are getting shorter into winter, this is the time when fungi come to life.
Work will begin on the 21st of October 2020 to build a new, Jurassic themed adventure golf course with café and public toilets at Furzton Lake in Milton Keynes.
For the fourth year in a row, The Parks Trust have again been granted a Green Flag Award for their entire network of parks in Milton Keynes.
Throughout this October Half Term (Monday 26 – Friday 30 October) we are hosting a variety of nature inspired events across our parks.
We are pleased to launch a new, illustrated map of The Grand Union Canal which runs through Milton Keynes.
National Lottery Heritage Fund works are commencing at Great Linford Manor Park.
Willen Lake is currently undergoing large scale improvement works to enhance the visitor experience which include creating the largest free play area in Milton Keynes.
As we enter autumn, the variety of moths (and other insects) on the wing tails off with the majority of species having completed their life cycle for this year. However, there are still a number species flying in September and October and these include some of the UK’s most attractive and exciting moth species.
This Autumn, Willen Lake is welcoming a 36-metre tall observation wheel to the lake. This new visitor attraction the Willen Observation Wheel (WOW MK) will give beautiful views across the lake and onto the city beyond.
Here in the UK, we have 17 breeding species of bat out of a total 18 (up to 10 have been identified in Milton Keynes), who are the best pest controllers we can ever have. Find out how you can help our local bats and where you can spot these fascinating mammals in Milton Keynes.
The Parks Trust is celebrating that Campbell Park has today been recognised as one of the finest 20th century parks in the country!
Parkland Play is an afternoon of free fun with lots of games and activities that the whole family can enjoy. Challenge yourself with our Ranger’s litter game, play with our giant garden games or have a go at one of our sporting activities such as cricket, football or tennis.
Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund we have discovered that Great Linford Manor Park was once home to an 18th century English Pleasure Garden. Although we don’t know exactly what this garden would have looked like, some clues have been left behind which give us an idea of how different features were laid out.
We usually present our Annual Report at a public meeting in July at which anyone can attend. So that we can still share this with you, this year, in place of our usual event we've produced this video of our Chairman and Chief Executive providing an overview of 2019/20.
Did you know that people used to live in the almshouses at Great Linford Manor Park? Discover the story of one woman who lived there in the 1930s and her work as a Buckinghamshire lacemaker.
We’re pleased to announce that Grounds Cafés will be taking on the management of our café at Howe Park Wood. The café, which has been fully refurbished, will be reopening for takeaways from Friday 19 June.
Sadly we are seeing a huge increase in those dropping and leaving their litter in the parks, this week alone, our rangers and contractors have collected over 800 bags of litter from across our parks.
On Monday 1st June, a new pillar was unveiled at the Milton Keynes Rose by the Mayor of MK to honour and recognise the invaluable work and dedication of volunteers across the city.
Did you know that the stone circle at Great Linford Manor Park is actually part of a Local Geological Site? Behind the stones you’ll find a disused quarry which contains many micro-fossils and visible layers of rock which were laid down over millennia.
Sometimes known as jewels of the air, dragonflies and damselflies are a familiar site around the lakes, ponds and rivers of Milton Keynes. Late May sees the emergence of the majority of our native species and now is a great time to go and look for these stunning insects.
We are currently facing some serious challenges from Ash Die Back, the fungal disease killing Ash trees. The disease which has now taken hold in Milton Keynes has no cure or viable treatment. As the disease starts to kill the ash trees they quickly become unstable, are prone to collapse and can shatter in their brittle state.
Did you know that hidden in our parks are many historical treasures with evidence of Milton Keynes’ life before the new city was designated in 1967? Read our blog to step back in time.
Discover the history of the Grand Union Canal at Great Linford.
The improvement works at Willen Lake are due to resume this week (Monday 4th May 2020).
In support of this year’s Hedgehog Awareness Week, we are sharing our guide to hedgehogs which is packed with facts about ways you can help protect our local population.
We are pleased that Milton Keynes Council recently took the decision to seek to have public green spaces in new development areas in Milton Keynes transferred into the care of either The Parks Trust or town/parish councils, together with an endowment from the developer to cover the cost of future maintenance.
We know that many of you are not able to get out into the parks at the moment, so we wanted to bring the wonders of our woodlands to you!
Discover the bizarre and fascinating history of medicine at Great Linford Manor Park.
We have seen an increasing number of visitors using our grazing areas to walk their dogs. So, we thought we should remind the public of our farming practices and the importance of keeping your dogs on leads around livestock.
Archaeology is the study of what people leave behind, essentially, the study of rubbish! In 2017 and 2019 Cotswold Archaeology carried out excavations at Great Linford Manor Park as part of the ‘Reveal, Revive and Restore’ National Lottery Heritage Fund project.
With warming temperatures over the last few days, nature is waking up from its winter slumber!
Spring is almost here! The warmer temperatures and the first burst of flowers has awoken the queen bumblebees.
Skylarks, one of the nation’s favourite songbirds, have undergone one of the most severe declines of all farmland birds, with a 75% decline between 1972 and 1996.
Eagle-eyed visitors to Great Linford Manor Park will have spotted snowdrops growing in the Wilderness area.
We’re pleased to announce that work on the second phase of major improvements at Willen Lake, Milton Keynes’ most popular park, will be starting this month.
The days are gradually getting longer and whilst it might still feel quite wintry to us, some of our resident birds are already thinking about nesting.
Find out what's happening at Great Linford Manor Park as we begin work on our 'Reveal, Restore & Revive' National Lottery Heritage Funded project.
Take a look through our ideas for things to do, events not to miss, activities to take part in and new places to discover below…
New Premier Inn and restaurant would boost wider development and expansion at Willen Lake
Whitbread – owner of Premier Inn – has submitted plans to bring a new Premier Inn hotel and family restaurant to Willen Lake in a scheme which will further reinforce this as one of the key leisure attractions for Milton Keynes.
But perhaps the wildlife highlight at Willen Lake this time of year is the starling roost. Numbers vary drastically from year to year but on cold, sunny evenings hundreds – or hopefully many thousands – of starlings will swarm over the lake and island before coming down to roost in the reed beds.
Milton Keynes Open Water Swimming (run by Love Open Water) will be running once-a-month sessions during the winter months to introduce open water swimmers to colder water temperatures.
Milton Keynes Open Water Swimming (run by Love Open Water) based at Willen Lake, are running a spooktacular night swim for open water swimmers to really get their fangs in to!
Treetop Extreme, Willen Lake’s high ropes course, is the perfect adrenaline activity for avid adventurers. Zoom down four zip wires and overcome over 50 obstacles as you make your way around our courses.
Thousands of people united against cancer on Saturday 7th September by taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Pretty Muddy at Milton Keynes' Willen Lake.
You can now go open water swimming in Willen Lake during safe, fun and responsible sessions run by Milton Keynes Open Water Swimming. The team started open water swimming at the lake in July 2019 and will be running sessions throughout the summer and hope to continue to offer some ‘cold water swimming’ sessions through the winter months too.
With Milton Keynes being over 80 miles from the nearest beach and when the weather is hot, hot, hot who wants to travel all that way in a boiling car, getting stuck in traffic jams? Why not visit Willen Lake instead?
Schools out for summer and there are six whole weeks to fill with activities for the kids! Are you wondering how you’re going to entertain the family across the school holidays?
Willen Lake, Milton Keynes’ most popular park has successfully secured planning permission for its next phase of improvements.
This year our Treetop Extreme High Ropes course at Willen Lake was shortlisted in The Adventure Awards ‘Best Team Building Activity’ category.