Campbell Park, Milton Keynes

MK Council to plant 500 trees to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Milton Keynes Council will plant 500 trees in celebration of HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, including a new community orchard on a historic town centre site.

The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative asks people around the UK to ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’ to create a living, green legacy. 

Many of the new trees will be planted in partnership with parish councils to make sure they are positioned to best effect.

For the new community orchard, the council is working with local volunteers to help plant fruit trees including apple, pear, plum and cherry on the ancient Secklow Mound.

The flattened mound was once an important meeting point for Anglo-Saxons to organise land and discuss other legal matters and will now become a community fruit orchard that the council hopes will become a place of calm and natural beauty for local people.

Dozens of trees have already been temporarily planted at Station Square as part of the Modernist Glade public art project.

The council will also be replacing some trees in poor health on Milton Keynes’ central boulevards. 

Trees benefit the environment as they produce oxygen, improve air quality and create habitats for wildlife.

Studies have also shown that being around trees can lower a person’s blood pressure and decrease stress levels.

Commenting, Milton Keynes Council’s Cabinet Member for the Public Realm, Councillor Lauren Townsend said:

“We know local people love and value MK’s trees and green spaces and we’re delighted to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee by planting 500 trees in Milton Keynes.

“It’s also part of our vital work to plant trees as both a symbolic and practical step towards tackling climate change for future generations.”  

The new trees will add to the 22 million trees that are already in the borough.

The Theory of Devolution

PSE Aug/Sept 22

The Theory of Devolution

Our August/September edition of PSE brings you expert comment and analysis on a range of public sector topics, from decarbonisation and the environment to leadership. Learn about devolution, or the United Kingdom’s first net zero bus station as the public sector plays a key role in the development of the world that we live in.

Videos...

View all videos
#PSE365: Public Sector Digital Transformation

Be A Part Of It!

PSE365: Public Sector Digital Transformation Virtual Event | 15 Sept 2022

PSE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of public sector services. 

Over 365 days you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Upcoming Webinar

Webinar: Driving sustainability & value through technology end-of-life

End-of-life is often overlooked yet is equally as important to a digital strategy, but what happens to end-of-life technology? What is the impact on the environment, net zero targets? What is the financial impact, is value for money for the taxpayer simply discarded and destroyed along with the technology?
 

Join us on 13 September between 2:00pm-2:45pm where we look to address the lifecycle of a digital strategy with a focus on end-of-life using examples, achieving efficiency, increased sustainability and delivering cost savings.


Guest Panellists:

Adam Turner, Head of Government and Public Sector Sustainable ICT and Digital, DEFRA
Ben Levin, Senior Manager, Technology Assesment and Criteria Development, Global Electronics Council
Fredrik Forslund, Vice President, Enterprise & Cloud Erasure Solutions, Blancco
Ben Tongue, Digital Net Zero Lead, NHS England

More articles...

View all