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Find Out What’s On in Milton Keynes Parks in 2018

15 January 2018

We are proud to present our 2018 What’s on Guide.

This handy, pocket size booklet details all the events and activities that will take place across the city throughout the year, with everything from smaller, regular events like Parks and Run and Women’s Walking Network through to bigger events including World Picnic and Festival of Nature.

This year also sees the return of the hugely popular Big Doggie Do, a canine focused festival with stalls, activities and dog shows. The event has also been extended to two days for 2018 and will be held 26th – 27th May.

Other larger events to return to the calendar include the Easter Egg Hunt, to be held at Willen Lake North on Thursday 29th March and May Day celebrations, at Great Linford Manor Park on Saturday 5th May.

In addition, a variety of new, regular activities have been introduced, including monthly Guided Walks around different areas of parkland, Woof Walks for those who would like to bring their dog with them to explore, and Discovery Strolls, shorter strolls for those of any age and ability.

Julie Dawes, our Events & Community Engagement Manager, commented: “We are very pleased to present our 2018 What’s on Guide, which details hundreds of opportunities to get outside and explore our beautiful parkland. We organise and enable over 500 events and activities every year, working closely with local community groups and other organisations, to ensure there is something for everyone to enjoy. We look forward to seeing you all!”

The 2018 What’s on Guide can be picked up from our offices in Campbell Park or its education centres at Linford Lakes and Howe Park Wood, or at MK Central library and Milton Keynes Visitor Centre. If you would like some copies for your group or organisation contact us on 01908 233600 or info@theparkstrust.com


Flooding in Milton Keynes’ Green Space

4th January 2018

Over the Christmas period some of Milton Keynes’ parkland, which is cared for and maintained by The Parks Trust, was subject to flooding, due to the quick snow melts, which were followed by rain.

Flooding affected many of our parks, which is not surprising as a number of them are found within natural floodplains, such as the Ouzel and Ouse river valleys. This includes the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve at Wolverton where the Konik ponies were safely moved to higher ground.

We also saw rises in water levels at lakes such as; Furzton, Caldecotte and Willen that in turn will have affected the associated parks and paths. The development corporation appreciated that building a new city, with its associated hard surfaces and infrastructure, meant far quicker run off of storm water into rivers than would naturally occur and so these lakes were designed to act as a flood defence system of the city and surrounding areas

Such lakes are technically termed ‘wet balancing lakes’ (they always hold water).  They have inlet and outlet sluices. These gates and the flood defence mechanism are managed by Anglian Water, who look at regional patterns when it comes to flood management. The ‘balancing lakes’ are brought into action in such instances as when river levels are rapidly rising and more rain is forecast. Anglian Water will initially lower the inlet sluice gates letting water into the lakes and then, as the river levels start to drop, they will open the outlet sluice. All the lakes and the immediate area have a maximum amount of water they can take and each incorporates an ‘overflow dam’ to ensure they take no more than this. Each lake can hold between 1.0 and 1.4 metres of water above their normal levels.


The above photograph is of the 'over-spill dam' at Caldecotte Lake north. The height of this dam ensures the lake can only take so much water before it discharges it back into the river system.  It is the combination of all the lakes being used together that helps reduce the risk of serious flooding to the city.

We understand that the flooding of these areas may surprise some park users, but we want to reassure you that this flooding is to be expected. These designs and their engineering ensure large areas of Milton Keynes, Newport Pagnell and other downstream communities do not suffer severe flooding.