We think we’re a pretty good authority on the subject of huge projects (61 square miles of Community Forest, anyone?) and we’re pretty excited about the potential Bedford to Milton Keynes Waterway Park. To launch the part of the Waterway which would run through our neck of the woods, the B&MK Waterway Trust have installed a series of carved benches along the proposed route within the Millennium Country Park, created by local artists Carrie Yuen and Tony Langston, and thanks to a grant from Central Bedfordshire Council's Green Infrastructure Fund.

“The carvings will create points of interest for visitors to the Forest Centre whilst enabling us to promote the route of the waterway in a most effective way.”

Jane Hamilton (Chair of the B&MK Waterway Trust)

Make sure you check them out next time you’re in the Park – they run along the path next to our driveway (which is where that section of the waterway is supposed to run in the future.) 

The unveiling of the benches by the High Sheriff was accompanied by a poem written especially by Poet Laureate for the Canal & River Trust, Nancy Campbell, entitled Bold Beginnings: “The first new waterway in a century is growing, east to west, from the Great Ouse to the Grand Union Canal. Doorway to the fens, a silver link between old and new towns…” (Read the full poem here)

For more information about the Waterway Park, visit the B&MK website