Some of the loveliest features of Hazeley Wood are the enormous grass rides which cut through the woodland, opening up views. Some of these may one day become corridors for grid roads, cycleways, and a proposed oil pipeline as the city expands. But at present they offer a quiet location for walking and picnicking, as well as for wildlife.
The wood links with the North Bucks Way, which is a long-distance footpath and green corridor that runs all along the western edge of Milton Keynes. The Parks Trust owns land along sections of this old routeway and our long term aim is to join up our ownership to create a new linear park all the way from the Tattenhoe Valley in the south west to the Ouse Valley Park in the north.
As a developing woodland Hazeley Wood needs a lot of care and attention and it is not unusual to see the Trust's volunteer work parties amongst the trees, pruning side branches of the oaks to improve their form. This is just one of many jobs that our practical volunteers carry out to help keep the parks in great shape.
For details of events in this area see the What’s On pages.
Hazeley Wood is abundant in wildlife because its location on the edge of the city means it is largely undisturbed. In summer the grass rides are filled with wildflowers which attract masses of butterflies and other insects; these in turn attract a huge variety of birds and bats to feed on them. Later in the year jays can be seen gathering acorns for winter food and the wood becomes a fantastic place to see autumn and winter fungi.
There is a small car park off Dansteed Way, about 100 metres after the Grange Farm roundabout.
There are no public toilets in the wood.
The site is flat with grass paths and rides, although these may become soft in wet weather.
The wood is open at all times with no charge for entry or parking.
Hazeley Wood is located next to the new Grange Farm estate at the western end of H4 Dansteed Way and the northern end of V3 Fulmer Street.