A treasured green space
Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust is based at Milton Country Park, a popular park situated just north of Cambridge in the village of Milton.
Created from former gravel and sand extraction pits the Park was managed by South Cambridgeshire District Council for fifteen years. When funding was capped in 2005 the council had to look at ways to cut the cost of running the park and the decision was taken to outsource its management. Following a competitive market testing process Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust was selected to take over the management of the park and a 99 year lease was signed in 2008.
At Milton Country Park the Trust works closely with community, business, schools and charity groups to create better access to outdoor sport, leisure and education. There is a varied programme of events and activities including; weekly all-ability cycling sessions, Parkrun and Junior Parkrun, Cambridge Junior Cycling Club, open water swimming, paddleboarding, volunteering opportunities and regular health and wildlife walks. The park has a combination of woodland, water and grassy meadow habitats which are carefully managed to support and enhance diversity and the natural environment for everyone to enjoy. This green space provides a significantly improved quality-of-life and well-being for residents by preserving and maintaining an environment and recreational facility which is accessible to all interests and abilities.
Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust receives no regular external funding to manage Milton Country Park and its maintenance costs are raised through its car park fee, facilities hire, grant funding and regular fundraising activities and events. The continued support of its visitors and partnerships is essential to ensure the future of the park.
For more information about the work of the Trust at Milton Country Park and how you can support this valuable green space please visit the website.