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Poplar Plantation

The Poplar Plantation was created during one of the city’s earliest plantation schemes, in 1971. Covering around six hectares it features a wide variety of different types of poplar as well as some cricket bat willows.

What to see and What to do

Don’t miss

The Poplar Plantation is well worth checking out in spring, or autumn – children love running through the carpet of leaves that cover the ground towards the end of the year.

You may also see Willen Lake’s famous model steam train as it dips into the poplar plantation from the H6 flood arch.

This is a great location to build into a walk, run or cycle; you can carry on to Willen or access all of the Ouzel Valley from the Poplar Plantation and it is well signposted. It is also a good place for dog walking.

Be careful when the weather is windy as branches can fall off onto the ground below.

Need to Know

Getting there

The Poplar Plantation is located in the triangle formed by H6 Childs Way, V10 Brickhill Street and the River Ouzel. It is across the H6 from Willen Lake. Nearest postcode: MK15 0DS.

Opening times

The park is open at all times.

Car parking

There is a dedicated car park off Woodall Close in Middleton. Nearest postcode: MK10 9JZ. You can walk from here into the Plantation.


There are no public toilets in the park.


There are no facilities in the Poplar Plantation but Willen Lake is just a short walk away.

Disabled access

Good if accessed from the car park; the leisure routes are hard surfaces.