MK in bloom

More than five thousand square metres of flowers are being planted along Milton Keynes grid roads.

That's an area about the same size as 100 small gardens.

It's as part of Milton Keynes' effort for the Britain in Bloom competition, which is designed to encourage communities to get involved with environmental projects and to provide a better environment for residents, workers and visitors to Milton Keynes.

So far this year, pupils from The Gatehouse School have planted a meadow to bring colour to Booker Avenue in Bradwell Common. Under the guidance of Milton Keynes Council Landscape Services staff the pupils relocated spring bulbs, raked level the area and seeded it with a mixture of European and North American wild flowers which bloom from early summer right through to autumn.

At New Bradwell local residents helped sow wildflower seeds in the existing meadow areas of the park using a native flower mix to add colour but which will also be good for bees, butterflies and other wildlife. 

Rita Vahey, MK Council's Landscape Services Supervisor, said:

"These events are great example of how communities can participate in improving their environment.

"Plantings such as these bring positive environmental and health benefits to residents and visitors alike.  By involving the younger generations, they develop a sense of pride and belonging in their community.” 

Last year Milton Keynes was awarded ‘Best Large City’ and the highest medal rating possible, a Gold Medal, by the Royal Horticultural Society in the Thames and Chiltern regional round of the Britain in Bloom competition.