Volunteering

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The Parks Trust has over 200 volunteers who play a vital role in helping us to keep the parks beautiful and exciting places to visit.  Volunteering is a great way to meet people, learn new skills, have fun and keep fit while giving something back to your local community and helping to improve the environment.

Our volunteers help us in so many ways from our Volunteer Rangers and Wardens who patrol a local park checking the area and helping to keep the area clean by litter picking to supporting our community engagement work with events and outdoor learning volunteering.  Many of our volunteers help with our conservation and biodiversity work with practical work parties and wildlife surveying.

Benefits of volunteering include wearing our Parks Trust volunteer uniform, regular catch ups with meetings, training sessions, coffee mornings and volunteer newsletters.  We also host a celebratory event in January each year to celebrate our volunteers, and a summer evening social to allow all our volunteers to get together and enjoy an evening of nice food and conversation.

We currently have several volunteer vacancies, these are advertised on the current opportunities page for details and how to apply.

All new volunteers complete an induction programme and volunteering activities only commence after attending an initial introduction meeting and complete any training required for their role.

Alongside our volunteering programme for individuals we often host public volunteering days for members of the public to help their local park, details about these activities can been on our What’s on pages.

We also have a few Friends of and affiliated volunteer groups we work with in our parks and information about the work of these groups can be seen in our Friends of the Parks section.


Discover our parks

  • Campbell Park

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    Located at the heart of Milton Keynes, Campbell Park hosts many of Milton Keynes’ major festivals and events. Its imaginative mix of formal gardens, water features, woodland and open pasture mean it’s an ideal spot to enjoy the changing seasons.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities in Campbell Park other than during special events. However, there are a wealth of cafes, bars and restaurants in the nearby city centre, theatre district and Xscape centre.

  • Linford Lakes Nature Reserve

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    The 37 hectare site consists of a large lake, reedbeds, wet woodland and several small meadows interlaced with a number of smaller lakes and ponds. Four bird watching hides are located giving fine views of the wildlife and beautiful scenery.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve other than during special events.

  • Great Linford Manor Park

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    Great Linford Manor Park is a special, heritage-rich park set within the old village of Great Linford. It contains features that were first laid out centuries ago, including ponds and a Wilderness Garden which represent the English Landscape style of garden design that became popular for country estates during the 18th Century.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments and food can be found nearby at The Black Horse and the Nag’s Head which are open for lunch and supper. Milton Keynes Arts Centre has a small café where drinks can be purchased.

  • Ouse Valley Park

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    The Ouse Valley Park lies in the floodplain of the Great Ouse which flows from Oxfordshire to the Wash. The park is the most rural of any found in Milton Keynes and is a great place to go to experience the feeling of the countryside without leaving the city. Old trees, hedgerows, meadows, and new plantations combine to provide excellent habitats for wildlife.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments can be found at Stony Stratford, Wolverton and New Bradwell alongside the park. At Old Wolverton the route passes directly by the Wolverton House pub restaurant.

  • Ouzel Valley Park

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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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.

    Refreshments
    There is the Ye Olde Swan pub at Woughton on the Green and a further two pubs - the Barge and the Cross Keys – that are located on Newport Road in Woolstone village.

  • Proud to be a member of National Council for Voluntary Organisations
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