The town of Milton Keynes has many open spaces which one may enjoy. Of course, that comes as no surprise because 25% of the township’s land is dedicated to greenery. After all, the people that developed the town did so with the “forest city” concept in mind. Thanks to that, it’s easy to escape the hustle and bustle of the area and retreat to nature.
Since there are so many parks in town, it can be rather difficult to select which one to visit. Due to that, we’ve decided to list down the best nature hotspots in the locality. All of which are easy to find and are home to various species of plants and animals.
The most accessible open area in Milton Keynes is Linford Wood. It is one mile from the town’s central district and is home to a large area of woodland that has been dated to be more than 700 years old. One of the main reasons why the trees in the park weren’t cut down was because the area served as a hunting ground for the nearby Great Linford Manor Estate.
Nowadays, there is still an abundance of wildlife in the park. People walking down its pathways can find foxes, badgers, and deers freely roaming around. Besides that, lots of species of insects and birds also reside in the area. Perhaps the only manmade alterations to the woodland are the many trails, pathways, and wooden sculptures that are hidden all over the place.
tterbury Park is located on the eastern side of Milton Keynes. Like the other parks in the town, it is home to many species of animals. Birdwatchers often go there due to this and freely enjoy their hobby there. In addition, many individuals also roam the area as they walk their dogs or simply enjoy the open space.
What’s great about this area is that it’s directly connected to the larger Broughton Brook Linear Park. Anyone that decides to head on to the larger area may head on to St. Lawrence Church which dates all the way back to the 14th century. It’s located near the northeast boundary of the park and is famous for its wall paintings.
Ouzel Valley Park
If you wish to head to one of the largest green spaces in Milton Keynes can go straight to Ouzel Valley Park. It encompasses a massive area where one can find the remains of a village which dates all the way back to medieval times. Another popular attraction in the area is a large plantation of poplar trees. Visitors there can find several subspecies of the tree and other entirely different species such as willows which were imported from other parts of the world.
The park also has an orchard where you can freely pick apples from the many apple trees there. Lastly, the area is also home to a large recreational area where you may play football or cricket. Sometimes, this section of the park is also used as a venue for concerts and similar events.
Stanton Low Park
Stanton Low Park is one of the newer parks in Milton Keynes. Despite that, it has a long history and is the site of the ruins of the former Stantonbury Manor which was built and soon destroyed by fire during the 17th century. Situated next to that is what remains of St. Peter’s Church which is more than a thousand years old. If you visit this part of the park you can catch a glimpse of what life was like in the area during the Middle Ages.
The land that the park occupies was used as farmland until as recently as 2007. After that, most of the area that was used for animal grazing was turned into meadows and grassland. The former and the latter then quickly got occupied by insects, birds, and small animals like shrews.
People that are afraid of the mysteries of the woods can head on to Furzton Lake. It occupies a large section of land at the southwestern end of town. The place is frequented by anglers, model boat enthusiasts, and korfball players. Many individuals also like to jog around the area or have a nice barbecue with friends and family at the park’s designated barbecue area.
Other sights to see in the open area include the Triple Star Head sculpture by Paul Neagu and the Silhouetted Portals by Wendy Hitchings. Both of which are sculptures that tickle the fancies of anyone that’s looking at them. As a matter of fact, the latter works of art that’s mentioned has even garnered the attention of the resident bird population of the park.