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    About Middleton Park

    Middleton consists of informal meadows, long grass and ponds. The park boasts a fascinating history and features and is home to a variety of wildlife. We are improving this area or parkland for biodiversity and visitors as part of a 5 year planting project. 


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


    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.


    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.

    Middleton Wood Meadow Project

    We are working 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. This project started in 2021 and is now well underway with over 4,700 trees being planted in the area so far. Read more about the project.

    Explore parks nearby

    • Poplar Plantation

      The Poplar Plantation was created during one of the city’s earliest plantation schemes, in 1971. Covering around six hectares it features a wide variety of different types of poplar as well as some cricket bat willows.

    • Ouzel Valley Park

      The Ouzel Valley Park meanders from Caldecotte Lake in the south to Willen Lake in the north. The park has a spacious, open atmosphere with long views. Much of the land is farmed by The Parks Trust rearing our own cattle and sheep, between the livestock you can still see the remnants of an old field system with the ridge and furrow still visible. Incorporating the historic villages of Woolstone and Woughton, the park is bordered on its western side by the Grand Union Canal.

    • Willen Lake South

      Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Visitors take part in watersports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores. It’s a great place to entertain all ages of family and friends, whether it’s a visit to the café or restaurant, a stroll, trying a beginners’ course in sailing or hiring a pedalo or bike.

    Facilities at Middleton
    • Parking

    • Santander Cycles

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