Middleton

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History
The four fishponds at Middleton (Milton Keynes Village) were originally part of a larger group of earthworks which included a moated site to the west of All Saints' Church. These artificial ponds were probably constructed in the early fourteenth century by the lord of the manor of Milton Keynes, Philip de Aylesbury, who also held several other manors in north Buckinghamshire. The site is now a scheduled ancient monument.

The ponds were originally fed with water directly from the water table, and also by a leat from the nearby moat. Adjoining ponds would have been linked by a series of timber sluices, which were used to regulate water levels, and allowed individual ponds to be drained for cleaning. Today the ponds have been re-landscaped and water is supplied by rainfall recharging the ponds and underlying gravel, or through surface water run-off from local housing, providing a modern day solution to water management.

Wildlife
The ponds are used by breeding amphibians, including frogs, toads, smooth newts and the European Protected Species Great Crested Newt.  These are also known as 'warty newts' as they are dark in appearance with a white spotty complexion on their face and a bright yellow underside with black dots, which are as individual as a fingerprint.  Male Great Crested Newts have a silver streak along both sides of their tails, and in the breeding season have a visible crest.

Reed buntings can be seen flitting through the pond vegetation feeding on seeds and insects.  Keep a look out for insects that use the ponds such as water beetles, caddis flies and dragonflies.

Parking
There is a small car park located close to Milton Keynes Village Hall.

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Opening Times
The park is open at all times with no charge for entry.

Address

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  • Linford Wood

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    Enclosed in the year 1264 by Baron Von Pippard, the original owner of the Linford Manor estate, Linford Wood is the largest and oldest of the Trust's three ancient woodlands. Despite its location close to the city centre, Linford Wood provides a tranquil haven for wildlife and people. Find out more about how we manage Linford Wood by clicking here.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities within the wood but hot and cold drinks and other refreshments are available from the BP garage on the west side of the wood.

  • Lodge Lake

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    Lodge Lake is one of the city's ‘on-line’ balancing lakes. It was created in 1981 by building a dam across the Loughton Brook. This holds back water as flow rates in the brook increase, helping to prevent flooding in downstream areas. The lake is perfect for a short outing - a gentle walk around the lake edge takes about 30 minutes - with plenty of interest on and off the water year-round.

    Refreshments
    None on site; the nearest shops are located in Great Holm about five minutes’ walk to the west. A Chinese restaurant, the Kam Tong Garden, overlooks the lake.

  • Millfield

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    Encircled by water, with the River Great Ouse on one side and the Millrace on the other, Millfield is a relatively small area of floodplain that connects to the Ouse Valley Park.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities available on site but the main high street of Stony Stratford is a few minutes’ walk away.

  • Milton Keynes Rose

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    The Milton Keynes Rose located in our central city park Campbell Park, is a public space designed for commemoration, celebration and contemplation. Developed in partnership by The Parks Trust and the Cenotaph Trust, with support from Milton Keynes Council, the Milton Keynes Rose was created as a central civic space to host events significance and occasions of remembrance.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities at this site but the cafes and restaurants located at centre:mk are just a short walk away.