Community space to be created for the arts at intu Milton Keynes
Published on 31/03/2016

An events area for music, dance, theatre and the arts will be created in the space left by the dead oak tree at intu Milton Keynes; which has been confirmed will be removed at the end of April.

The final set of samples were taken from the tree last week by Milton Keynes Council and sent for independent laboratory testing. The results confirmed those of previous independent tests that the tree, which has, over the past few years, been pruned back considerably for safety reasons, has died and it will now be removed at the end of April. 

The wood will then be placed into safe storage, allowing it enough time to dry out so that it can be used for a specially commissioned piece of public art. During this time, intu will be talking to various community groups and individuals with an interest in the tree to collect ideas on how to best do this. 

Shelley Peppard, general manager for intu Milton Keynes said: “We will be incredibly sad to see the Midsummer Oak go, but now that the final tests have confirmed that it is indeed dead, we want to focus on how we can ensure its legacy for Central Milton Keynes.

“The space it used to occupy will be turned into a wonderful fully decked events area that can be used by performers and artists, and enjoyed by our customers. We know the Midsummer Oak holds fond memories for the people of Milton Keynes and we hope that through this new public space new memories can be created.”

The concrete cows will also be relocated to the Milton Keynes Museum, where they will become an attraction and draw for visitors to the heritage destination in Wolverton.

Part of the oak tree’s heritage has already been secured through the tree’s saplings that were harvested over ten years ago and are now thriving in Parks’ Trust land around the city. intu Milton Keynes is working with several schools to monitor and document the growth of these trees for generations to come.

intu will also be working with The Parks Trust over the coming months to find a suitable location within Central Milton Keynes to plant a replacement mature oak tree.

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