An impressive new Crownhill park – part of a £750,000 joint venture between a national housebuilder and Milton Keynes Council – has been officially opened by the town’s Mayor.
Bovis Homes colleagues, the Mayor and school pupils open Lady Margery's Gorse in Milton Keynes
Lady Margery’s Gorse, built by Bovis Homes and located in the Whitehouse development of the Western Expansion Area, was unveiled to the public during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Using the existing historical woodlands to provide residents with green open space, the 2.3hectare park sits alongside the soon-to-be-opened Whitehouse Health Centre, a new ‘high street’ and a play area, which make up the new central area, next to Bovis Homes’ Whitehouse Park new-build property location.
James Shuttleworth, regional technical director at Bovis Homes, said: “We were delighted to be at the opening of this wonderful new park, which we know will be enjoyed by families, children and homeowners alike.
“It’s an impressive space, with a substantial amount of work going in to clear the area and make this wonderful facility a major part of the centre of the Whitehouse location – and we are proud of the results.”
The park was built by the housebuilder using the Milton Keynes Tariff – funding made up of developer contributions specifically to provide infrastructure for the city.
The design was a partnership between MK Council, Gallagher Estates and the Parks Trust and the park will be adopted by the Trust, which will manage and maintain it.
Previously covered with low level trees and gorse, the land was cleared to make way for woodland walks, a children’s play area and a formal piazza.
Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Sam Crooks, said: “I am delighted that this historic wood and hedgerows have become part of this new estate, combining the past with the future.
“Providing green open spaces for people to enjoy now and in the future is fundamental to the design of Milton Keynes and the benefits to our wellbeing are numerous.”