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.

For a date to be chosen for inscription on a pillar, it must satisfy some or all of the following qualifying criteria:

  • Is the event / occasion / person to which the date refers of significance to Milton Keynes?
  • Does the date mark an important moment in the history / development of Milton Keynes?
  • Is the event / occasion / person of significance to a certain demographic in Milton Keynes?
  • Is the event / occasion / person one that people are likely to want to celebrate, commemorate or contemplate?
  • Will future generations understand and appreciate why that date was chosen and will it still mean something to them?
  • Will the pillar marking the date be likely to draw people to visit and / or raise awareness of the MK Rose?
  • Does the marking of date provide an opportunity to animate the pillar, if chosen?

Nominations will not be accepted if they seek to promote a particular brand or give a commercial advantage to a company or individual.

While nominations relating to specific dates are preferable, nominations which relate to a recognisable day, e.g., the third Sunday in November, may be acceptable.

Send your nomination by email to or by post to The Milton Keynes Rose Trust, 1300 Silbury Boulevard, Campbell Park MK9 4AD