Next generation ‘will keep the Midsummer Oak tree alive’

Oak Tree in intu Milton Keynes
Oak Tree in intu Milton Keynes

The legacy of the Midsummer Oak tree will live on - despite the city landmark being officially declared ‘dead’ last week.

intu has teamed up with Milton Keynes Council and The Parks Trust to ensure the tree’s history remains a part of Milton Keynes’ future by inviting schools to adopt one of the oak’s saplings currently growing around the city.

Martin Hindson, general manager at intu, said: “We want to encourage each school to make their oak tree part of an annual ecological project to monitor its growth, take note of any changes and keep a recording that will be passed from generation to generation.

“By nurturing the samplings into fully grown oak trees, we can ensure the memory of the Midsummer Oak remains part of Milton Keynes. And that is why we have launched our community adoption project.”

In 2007, hundreds of acorns were harvested from the oak tree and, with the support of The Parks Trust, over 100 oaks are now flourishing in open fields across MK.

Each chosen school will be allocated a single oak to ensure generations can still enjoy the Midsummer Oak.

It follows last week’s news that the complex’s new owner Intu officially announced the oak was dead. Just days later it unveiled a lucrative, multi-million pound plan to replace it with a restaurant and cinema.

The tree started deteriorating soon after Midsummer Place opened. Builders have claimed it drowned because vital drainage pipes were removed during the construction work.

If your school would be interested in adopting one of the intu Milton Keynes Midsummer Oak saplings, contact kirsty.mcgiff@intu.co.uk and an application form will be sent to you.