Howe Park Wood Education Centre and Cafe
Howe Park Wood Education & Visitor centre is the first publicly open general visitor facility operated by The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes.
The centre comprises training room, toilet facilities, a café, and a covered outdoor patio area overlooking the pond. There are features of green technology such as PV Panels, air source heat pump and low water usage taps which we can use to demonstrate sustainable energy use. Externally, the centre is constructed with integral bird nesting boxes and insect habitat boxes which will provide an additional educational resource. There is also a newly constructed pond dipping platform area to enable access to the ponds for study.
Grounds Café is onsite to provide tasty hot and cold refreshments and help members of the public understand the importance of the Wood. Grounds are a small, family run company owned by Racheal and Kevin McIntyre, they launched in 2001 with a single café at the back of a bike shop with just one team member and are now managing cafés across the region. The addition of Howe Park Wood means this is now their eighth site.