New Interpretation in the Parks

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08 November 2021


Whilst you are out and about in Milton Keynes' parks, you may come across our new heritage boards. The original boards have been damaged over decades of exposure and need to be updated to meet the latest accessibility recommendations so that residents across Milton Keynes can better understand the history on their doorstep. We are using this opportunity to include more maps of the sites to enable people to get their bearings and explore more easily. The hope is that visitors and locals will be able to understand and visualise the history around them. We are lucky to have so many accessible historical sites, many of which are registered historical monuments.

For all those that have cherished the old boards over the years and have loved the depth of information provided, do not fear. The information has been retained on The Parks Trust website, with links to individual pages for each site. This will enable us to update the information as new developments come to light, and link to other heritage organisations. The boards themselves are part of our history and will now by looked after by MK Museum. Maybe they’ll even feature in the new gallery on the ‘City’ of Milton Keynes in the future.

You may have also come across some of our new Operations and Biodiversity signage. We are often asked about our tree work, or why we cut hay meadows, and we hope these signs will help people understand and appreciate the work that we do. Our biodiversity signs are designed to encourage people to think about nature in their local park and how they can help protect it. Many of these signs will only appear for short periods when work is going on locally or at certain times of year where wildlife is more sensitive.


Pictured above is one of our operation signs which explains The Parks Trust' farming work



  • Tree Thinning

    Find out why we cut down some trees across Milton Keynes to protect the long-term health of our parks and green spaces and improve them for generations to come.

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  • Coppicing

    We cut back plants during the winter months to improve their long-term health, encourage regrowth and maintain the city’s site lines.

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  • Woodland Management

    We have adopted some ancient techniques in our woodland management, such as coppicing, which benefits wildlife and woodland plants.

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Discover our parks

  • Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve

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    Set within Ouse Valley Park, the Floodplain Forest is the newest nature reserve in Milton Keynes and the most impressive wildlife habitat creation scheme in the city’s history.

  • Ouzel Valley Park

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    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.

  • Tattenhoe Valley

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    Tattenhoe Valley Park runs like a thread from Furzton Lake through Emerson Valley, Tattenhoe and Tattenhoe Park, following the meanderings of the Loughton Brook until it leaves Milton Keynes at Bottledump Roundabout.

  • We have received the Green Flag Award for our entire network of parks for the fifth year in a row!
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