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About the Milton Keynes Rose

What is the Milton Keynes Rose?

Designed by internationally renowned artist Gordon Young, The Milton Keynes Rose is a vast and impressive open-air circle with markings based on the mathematical beauty of a flower. 106 granite pillars of varying heights emerge from the surface, many of which are inscribed with dates of events that have local, national or international significance.

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How to Nominate a Pillar

How can a new pillar be nominated?

The Milton Keynes Rose records dates of events which are significant in the lives of people or organisations associated with Milton Keynes both past and present. Nominations for new pillar inscriptions must, therefore, specify a significant date with reasons.

For the first ten years since opening nine new inscriptions have been added to Pillars at the Milton Keynes Rose roughly every two years. In 2024 we will be inviting Nominations for one new Pillar to be engraved in 2025. In the future this process will slow down to once every five years.

The panel, made up of representatives from the Milton Keynes Rose Trust, The Parks Trust, the Community and Voluntary Sector, and Heritage Sector and Chaired by His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire will meet to consider the requests.
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About the Artist

Who designed the Milton Keynes Rose?

The Milton Keynes Rose is the creation of internally renowned artist Gordon Young who is one of the UK’s leading artists in the field of public art. With over 20 years’ experience he has created projects as diverse as a series of 20m sculptural/climbing walls in Blackpool, a forest of typographic trees in Crawley Library, a Wall of Wishes in a Bristol school, and a cursing stone in Carlisle.

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Getting Involved with Milton Keynes Rose

How to host an event or gathering

If you would like to get involved with MK Rose by holding an event there please see how to apply below.  Both Campbell Park and the MK Rose are used regularly for many different events and gatherings, we will be able to advise about all the activities taking place so that we can be certain that other planned events do not clash.  We would be happy to help ensure that all activities are safe and we can also help to promote your event.


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Opportunities at the Milton Keynes Rose

We are looking for new Trustees

Do you have passion, commitment and zeal not just to find out more about Milton Keynes but also to be play a part in one of the City’s most iconic features? Becoming a Milton Keynes Rose Trustee could be just for you.

Ten years since the Milton Keynes Rose first opened (9th November 2013), we are looking for new people to join the Board of Trustees to continue the engagement and development of the Milton Keynes Rose.

With relevant experience and time you could be an ideal Trustee.  You can find out more about becoming a Trustee of The MIlton Keynes Rose Trust by downloading our Trustee Pack (see below) and if you would like to arrange an informal phone conversation prior to submitting an application,  please contact debbie.brock100@gmail.com

We look forward to welcoming you!
Debbie Brock DL
The Milton Keynes Rose Trust

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Our Policies

The Milton Keynes Rose Trust is committed to transparency and our policies guide the way that we work.

The Milton Keynes Rose Trust has signed up to the City’s Cultural Inclusion and Diversity Manifesto. The Manifesto invites our cultural sector, diverse communities and stakeholders to commit to a vision for Milton Keynes as one of the most culturally inclusive and diverse cities in the UK.

You can read our policies in detail here: