A Community Garden in Milton Keynes is taking part in a tree planting initiative to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee after land was transferred to a parish council by one of the leading strategic land developers in the UK.
L&Q Estates is the master developer behind the Fairfields development which is part of the Western Expansion Area in Milton Keynes that has been granted city-status as part of the celebrations to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
When Fairfields is completed, there will be 2,200 new homes, a range of employment units, Fairfields Primary School – which opened in 2017 –, open spaces, play areas and allotments.
L&Q Estates has transferred a piece of this land to Fairfields Parish Council to establish a Community Garden.
The Parish Council has obtained grants from Milton Keynes Community Foundation and Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes and has also added £10,000 itself to undertake the planting of trees.
A special planting day was held in February when the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire Alexander Boswell and the Mayor of Milton Keynes Cllr Mohammed Khan planted trees.
Jean Nicholas, Parish Clerk of Fairfields Parish Council, said the area had been totally transformed.
“We are grateful to L&Q Estates for kindly gifting the land to Fairfields Parish Council because the Community Garden will make a real difference to residents living nearby,” she said.
“We planted lots of small trees in February which are starting to grow, and it is wonderful to be part of the ‘Queens Green Canopy” initiative which is taking place across the UK.
“This will be a great reminder in the months and years to come of our involvement in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”
James Mooney, Group Sales Director at L&Q Estates, said it was brilliant that the Community Garden had been accepted into the Queens Green Canopy scheme for the eagerly anticipated Jubilee celebrations.
“At L&Q Estates, we pride ourselves on creating successful places where people want to live and the Community Garden in Fairfields will be an important part of the area,” he said.
“The response to the initial news from the community that we were gifting this land has been enthusiastic and the area looks totally different.
“We hope the Community Garden will be a place that brings residents together to get to know each other and enjoy the outdoors.”
Photo: Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire Alexander Boswell and local residents.