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Stephen Leonard to open Howe Park Wood Centre

Date Posted:31/03/2015

Steve Leonard Milton KeynesTV Vet and Wildlife presenter, Stephen Leonard to open Howe Park Wood Education and Visitor centre on 12th April 2015.

The Education & Visitor centre will be the first facility of its kind to be owned and operated by The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes. The Parks Trust is delighted to announce that renowned wildlife presenter Stephen Leonard will be opening the centre on the 12th of April. The centre offers a fantastic contribution to the growth of education facilities in Milton Keynes.

The event will take place from 11am until 2pm on Sunday 12th April and everyone is welcome to discover more about the centre and the Trust’s education work. Steve Leonard will be cutting the ribbon at 11am followed by a short public talk. Other activities on the day will range from natural craft workshops, children’s activities and led walks

The Education & Visitor Centre was commissioned to provide a focal point for delivering environmental education activities and to raise awareness of the natural history of both the SSSI at Howe Park Wood and more generally the natural history of Milton Keynes and work of The Parks Trust. This is an exciting launch for The Parks Trust, which is an independent charity that cares for over 5,000 acres of parkland and green space in Milton Keynes. The education and visitor centre sits with The Trust’s charitable objectives to improve public education and provide facilities for leisure and recreation.

The centre contains a classroom, a meeting room, an outside decked area and new pond dipping platforms. Bird and bat boxes will be installed in the adjacent woodland and there will be new interpretation panels to help people learn about the nearby wildlife. A feature wall at the front will include a number of habitat boxes which are wooden boxes filled with natural materials to form insect homes. The building also incorporates low carbon technologies including Photo Voltaic panels and an air source heat pump. Local artist Annette Reed has created four stunning stained glass windows depicting the changing seasons in Howe Park Wood.
The centre is a base for a variety of activities including:

  • Curriculum supported education activities for schools
  • Community education activities, including after school clubs and uniformed groups like Scouts & Guides
  • Community events
  • Adult education activities
  • Room hire for local interest groups
  • The Parks Trust birthday parties
  • Corporate team building activities
  • Information / interpretation about the woodland and the natural history of Milton Keynes in general

Briony Fox, Head of Community Engagement at The Parks Trust, said: “We’re really pleased that the centre is now complete and the open day will really showcase all of the fantastic activities that will be available to encourage people to learn about and understand the wonderful green spaces in Milton Keynes.”

For more information about the centre and the activities surrounding the opening visit