Community Orchard

There is always a range of tasks to do in the Community Orchard, with volunteers working hard. Tuesdays is the regular work day if you would like to come along and help, anytime between 10am and 1pm. We're in the alleyway off Woburn Avenue, nearest postcode for satnavs is MK12 5AY.

There are regular and very popular events in the Orchard, usually in April, July and September. All these events are free entry but we hope that you will donate for refreshments from our Victorian railway carriage to help pay the necessary expenses.

For more news on the Orchard please visit our Facebook page here.

An allotment plot

The Secret Garden

Sign for the Secret Garden

In a patch of ground alongside the Grand Union Canal in the railway town of Wolverton, Milton Keynes, members of the local community have transformed a piece of derelict land into a new greenspace for the enjoyment of all of the community - the Secret Garden .

The Secret Garden can only be accessed on foot, either from the canal tow path or from Stratford Road near the train station.

To find out more information on the Secret Garden including events and activities held please visit their Facebook page here and the Living Archive here.

Aqueduct and Canal

The Grand Union Canal is Britain's longest, the trunk route of the canals link London to Birmingham. There are beautiful walks to take with the family, friends and dogs along the canal passing rolling countryside.

As you walk along the canal from Old Wolverton you can discover the The Iron Trunk Aqueduct which is a magnificent Georgian structure, which carries the Grand Union Canal over the River Ouse. Built in 1811 by canal engineer Benjamin Beavan, following the collapse of the previous brick-built structure, the aqueduct stands at an impressive 10.8 metres high and connects Wolverton with Cosgrove. In 2011 the Iron Trunk Aqueduct celebrated its bicentenary and the Town Council were awarded a grant from the Lottery to invest in improvements. 

Follow the link for a brief history of the Iron Trunk Aqueduct and to download the Iron Aqueduct Trails with places of interest you can visit along the way.

Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve

The Parks Trust implemented the first phase of public access infrastructure at the Floodplain Forest site at Manor Farm, Old Wolverton. The new paths and bird hides provide a set of easy access routes for visitors. Wildlife is flourishing at the site in abundance and the wetland is fast becoming a popular spot for bird watchers.

On Thursday 25th August 2016 the site was officially opened to the public by Adam Henson, farmer and rural TV presenter.

  • The Floodplain Forest is a 48 hectare (120 acre) habitat creation project made possible by extracting gravel and sand reserves from beneath an area of agriculturally improved grazing land.
  • Floodplain forests are complex habitats which include water channels, ponds, grasslands and scrubland as well as woodland. Natural floodplain forests are now a rare type of habitat.
  • The mineral extraction from the site was undertaken by Henson UK. It began in 2007 and was completed in 2013. The supply of minerals was valuable towards meeting local demand.
  • The post-extraction restoration scheme has created a mosaic of water channels, pools, marshy areas and islands. These are becoming colonised by wildlife and will develop into a diverse ecosystem providing habitat for many different species.
  • Since its creation, the newly remodelled landscape has been flooded from the River Great Ouse several times. This is an important feature of the habitat and is beneficial to flood management because the project has increased the holding capacity for the floodplain.
  • The Nature Reserve is owned and will be managed by the Parks Trust for the local community and visitors to experience and enjoy the new landscape and the wildlife it will attract.
  • The income The Parks Trust received from the sale of the minerals from the site is held in a special fund for use only on the Nature Reserve, including the provision and upkeep of the public access facilities.

Wolverton Train Mural

Alongside the canal, close to Wolverton Station, is the black and white mural of a steam train. This mural is the work of the late Bill Billings, a community artist who lived and worked in Milton Keynes.

Mural of train next to canal

Mural of train next to canal

Mural of train next to canal

Medieval Sites

Holy Trinity Church stands on what was formerly the site of Wolverton motte and bailey (the large mound behind the church being all that remains). This was built in 1100 AD by the de Wolverton family who made it the the centre of their extensive estate. The remains of the other estate buildings and the homes of the villagers who worked it can still be seen in the lumps and bumps across the fields both east and west of the church.

Courtesy of the Parks Trust.

Manor Farm stands on the site of a large medieval "grange" a monastic farm established here by the Oxfordshire priory of Clattercote. The earliest buildings that remain on the site date from the 17th century but most of the farm was rebuilt in the early 19th century. After falling into disrepair the farmhouse has been refurbished and sympathetically converted into apartments, while its outbuildings have been transformed by The Parks Trust into modern business units which are now available to rent.