Campbell Park in Milton Keynes awarded grade II Registered Park and Garden status
Friday 21 August 2020
Historic England has added Campbell Park in Milton Keynes to the national Register of Parks and Gardens at Grade II, putting it alongside other historically important sites the likes of Eaton Hall gardens (Cheshire) and Richmond Hill (London).
The Government’s advisor on heritage invited The Gardens Trust to submit nominations as part of a campaign to designate more post-war landscapes. The Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust Research and Recording Project put forward Campbell Park to Historic England in 2018. The culmination of this national project has today (21 August) resulted in 20 new post-war designations of which Campbell Park is one.
Historic England states that the park, named after Jock Campbell the first Chair of Milton Keynes Development Corporation (MKDC), ‘is one of the largest to be laid out in England in the C20 and C21 and takes influences from C18 and C19 landscapes and fuses them into a contemporary design’.
Key aspects of Campbell Park were originally laid out MKDC in the late 1970s, however, following financial cutbacks, drought and Dutch Elm Disease in the same period a new masterplan was created in 1980. The combination of these led to the park that is seen today, now owned and managed by The Parks Trust.
Campbell Park has become one of Milton Keynes’ most popular attractions, welcoming thousands of visitors every year. It boasts extensive walking and cycling paths, modern art, an open air theatre and cricket pitch, as well as hosting large-scale national events throughout the year.
Cllr Carole Baume, MKC Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture said: "Campbell Park is one of Milton Keynes’ finest assets and is of significant cultural importance to residents across MK. We should all be proud of what Campbell Park has achieved, and I’d like to thank those at The Parks Trust who do such a great job to manage open spaces across the city."
Rob Riekie, Landscape and Operations Director at The Parks Trust said: "We’re delighted that Campbell Park has been recognised by Historic England and has now been named designated a Park of Special Historic Interest with Grade II status. Our team at The Parks Trust have cared for this park for close to 30 years and are extremely passionate about ensuring its longevity for future generations."