A programme of visits and talks is published each year with details on this Events page.
Members can book through the on-line booking system http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/buckinghamshire-gardens-trust
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Ellie Broad, the project manager for the restoration has offered a guided Great Linford Manor walk on Saturday 30th September at 10.30 am. to see the completed project. The walk replaces the one we were supposed to have after the AGM on the hottest day of the year last year 2022.
The history : Just two years after breaking ground, a painstaking restoration scheme to revive and reveal one of the most historic parks in Milton Keynes has been successfully completed by The Parks Trust.
Delivered by a team of over 60 people and funded by the National Lottery, the scheme has returned the park to its former glory and made the stunning space more accessible for visitors.
Great Linford Manor Park is home to some of the oldest buildings and trees in Milton Keynes. Situated on limestone bedrock that was formed during the Jurassic period, the area was first settled by the Saxons and even mentioned in the Domesday Book. From medieval times, the park served as a private pleasure garden and is today part of the publicly-accessible linear parkland that connects the city.
After surveying the park and realising how much of its heritage was being eroded or hidden from sight, The Parks Trust commissioned a restoration scheme. With required work estimated to cost over £2m, the charity made a successful bid for National Lottery funding which enabled work to begin in October 2020.
At the heart of the restoration was a promise to bring Great Linford Manor Park back to life for the benefit of more Milton Keynes residents. CEO of The Parks Trust, Victoria Miles, explains: “Great Linford Manor Park’s heritage features had become lost or hidden over the years and were in desperate need of repair. Areas of the park were overgrown, and it was not an easy place for visitors to navigate.
“We felt that the park had the potential to be up there with the finest outdoor spaces in the region and enjoyed by many more people for leisure, learning and wellbeing. The Parks Trust is very grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund for their belief in our vision for this park and for helping to fund the work that made it a reality.
“We are thrilled that Great Linford Manor Park’s history, beauty and biodiversity are now revealed for more people to enjoy, and protected for generations to come.”
Please book a place (free) on ticketsource. We shall set off from the car park and the walk will take about 90 minutes. Do bring a picnic to enjoy in the park after the walk.The cafe probably be open.