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The Parks Trust Launches 2018 Photography Competition

28 February 2018

We want all keen amateur photographers to enter our 2018 Photography Competition.

The competition is open to people of all ages, with youth and adult sections for each of the three categories; Wildlife, Landscape and Parklife.

Our 2018 competition aims to highlight the beautiful and diverse landscapes, features and people of Milton Keynes. Images must be taken in the green space that is managed and maintained by The Parks Trust.

The competition begins on Thursday 1st March 2018 and closes on Thursday 6th September 2018. The winners will be announced on Thursday 20th September 2018.

David Foster, Chief Executive of The Parks Trust, commented: “We are very pleased to launch our 2018 photography competition. We always love to see the pictures people take while they are enjoying our parkland and have been staggered by the high quality received in previous years. Good luck to all who enter!”

There will be one overall winner of the competition, who will receive £350 of centre:mk gift vouchers. There will then be five other winners (youth and adult winners from each category, excluding the category which the overall winner was selected from) who will receive £50 in centre:mk vouchers.

To enter and for full terms and conditions, please visit our web page. 

The Parks Trust Prepares for Summer with New BBQ Site

20th February 2018

Thanks to funding from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, we have been able to create a dedicated BBQ site in Campbell Park.

We regularly receive requests for BBQs to be held on our land and need to have dedicated sites because of the damage that can be caused by them.

If placed directly on to the ground, disposable BBQs can leave scorch marks, with each mark costing us around £50 to repair.

The new BBQ site at Campbell Park canalside features special flat-topped stones, on which disposable BBQs can be placed, ensuring a pleasant, safe and damage-free experience. Picnic tables are also due to be installed shortly.

Julie Dawes, our Events & Community Engagement Manager, commented: “We know there’s nothing quite like eating outdoors on a sunny day, but BBQs can cause damage, create litter and present a real health and safety risk if used carelessly.

“They can also incur repair costs for us, which as a self-financing charity we need to minimise as much as possible.

“By creating this new BBQ site, we hope to encourage people to hold BBQs responsibly and in areas that will have little impact on the parkland. We are very grateful to Tesco for the funding we received through their Bags of Help initiative, and hope people enjoy using the new BBQ site when the weather warms up!”

We received £2,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants - raised from the 5p bag levy - being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Voting for the initiative runs in Tesco stores, with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.


For more information about holding a BBQ in Milton Keynes’ parks, please visit http://www.theparkstrust.com/whats-on/holding-a-barbeque-in-the-parks