An archaeology dig at Great Linford Manor Park will help inform the masterplan proposals for the landscape.
The Parks Trust, the self-financing charity which looks after over 6,000 acres of green space across Milton Keynes, is holding the dig between Monday 8th and Saturday 13th April 2019. Seven trenches will be dug in front of the Manor House, near the ponds and in the Wilderness garden.
Great Linford Manor Park has received funding from The National Lottery, jointly awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery
Community Fund, to Reveal, Revive and Restore this historic landscape.
The Parks Trust has commissioned the dig which is being undertaken by Cotswold Archaeology and LK Construction.
A survey of the park to explore the extent of potential buried garden archaeological features on site showed several anomalies in specific areas.
Philip Bowsher, head of environment & volunteering at The Parks Trust, says: “We want the restoration project at the park to be historically accurate, so we plan to investigate these anomalies before we proceed with the project.
“We’re therefore very excited to see what the dig may uncover and hope it will also provide an opportunity for residents to find out more about this beautiful and historical parkland.”
On Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th April a series of sessions has been organised for the public to take part. Places are limited and must be booked in advance.
A special event will be held on Saturday 13th April between 12noon and 2pm, when the team will present findings. Visitors can also take part in guided walks around the trenches.
There will also be activities for children and an opportunity to find out more about the restoration project taking place at the park. The event is free.
Visit www.theparkstrust.com/events/archaeology-week for more information and to purchase tickets.
For more information about the project to Reveal, Revive and Restore Great Linford Manor Park, please visit https://www.theparkstrust.com/our-work/reveal-revive-restore-the-heritage/