Celebrating National Volunteers’ Week 2020

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02 June 2020


On Monday 1st June, a new pillar was unveiled at the Milton Keynes Rose by the Mayor of MK to honour and recognise the invaluable work and dedication of volunteers across the city.

The pillar is inscribed with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi says, “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”. The Milton Keynes Rose, designed for the City by Artist Gordon Young, has pillars to mark and commemorate many meaningful occasions throughout the year.

In his speech the Mayor said, “Volunteers have never been more needed; they underpin our society, in these unprecedented times there is no more appropriate time to be unveiling a Pillar to celebrate volunteers and at the beginning of Volunteers’ Week”. The Mayor was joined by Community Action MK’s Chair of Trustees Danny Conway who said, “We are very proud that the City has recognised the importance of volunteering”.

This year’s Volunteers Week celebration comes at a fitting time for The Parks Trust, as changes in the Government guidelines have meant that we are able to welcome back some of our own volunteers from Monday 1st June. Our team has sorely missed their support during this difficult period, and we have never been more grateful for the work they do to help us keep the parks safe and wonderful places to be for both visitors and wildlife.

We have over 200 volunteers who last year dedicated:

  • 2,800 hours patrolling the parks
  • 1,800 hours on practical conservation works
  • 600 hours helping our events programme
  • 400 hours assisting our outdoor learning activities
  • 400 hours of activity from the friends of Great Linford Manor Park
  • 100 hours of biodiversity surveying.

We would like to take this opportunity say a huge thank you to our volunteers and to all the people who generously give their time to volunteer in the Milton Keynes Community.

The Parks Trust volunteer roles currently able to return are Volunteer Rangers, Floodplain Forest Wardens and some Wildlife Surveyors. Any of our volunteers wishing to return must re-register and email volunteering@theparkstrust.com. Please note we are not recruiting any new volunteers at this time.



Discover our parks

  • Milton Keynes Rose

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    The Milton Keynes Rose located in our central city park Campbell Park, is a public space designed for commemoration, celebration and contemplation. Developed in partnership by The Parks Trust and the Cenotaph Trust, with support from Milton Keynes Council, the Milton Keynes Rose was created as a central civic space to host events significance and occasions of remembrance.

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    There are no refreshment facilities at this site but the cafes and restaurants located at centre:mk are just a short walk away.

  • Campbell Park

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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.

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    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.

  • Caldecotte Lake

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    Planning an outdoor adventure in Milton Keynes? Explore the beautiful location of Caldecotte Lake. Whether its watersports, birdwatching or children’s activities, you’re sure to have a great family day out, with lots of space for little ones to run around, plus some tranquil corners to relax as well.

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    The Caldecotte Pub & Grill is open for meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks.

  • Great Linford Manor Park

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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.

  • Nature inspired activities which you can do at home or in your local parks.
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