I finally made it to Howe Park wood Cafe and what a hidden gem it is. I actually met one of the owners when we were both very poorly in MKGH in 2014…
It is so great to see Sandy looking so well and very happy with Barry, the best Cake maker in MK: AKA The Grumpy Cook.
It was also great to catch up with the lovely Dawn Allen of The Henry Allen Trust. A table full of inspirational women is a great way to spend a Saturday morning in Milton Keynes. After we paid our bill, the Howe Park Wood cafe kindly donated the money back to The Henry Allen Trust!
How kind is that #PayItForward at it’s best.
If you love dogs and beautiful dog walks, this is the place for you. If you love great food and cake then you will also be at home here too.
The cafe welcomes mothers and little ones, and the Parks trust also have some great events on right next door in the woods @
Tree Tots – Date: 25th February 2016
Time: 10am – 11:30am – Location: Howe Park Wood
“Pre-school toddlers and their parents are invited to join our education team for a weekly toddle around Howe Park Wood followed by a “Nature Play” session either in the wood or at the education centre.”
Café opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-3:00pm. Sat-Sun 9:00am-4:00pm
What to see and do @ Howe Park Wood
If you are around at dusk or early morning you may be lucky enough to see a badger or fox, or hear the strange barking of a muntjac deer. Don’ forget to glance upwards to catch sight of the bats hunting for insects along the open rides.
There is an impressive list of breeding birds in the wood. Look out for the green woodpecker, greater spotted woodpecker, tree creeper, willow tit, willow warbler and the sparrowhawk and tawny owl. Come out early on a spring morning to hear the fantastic dawn chorus.
From late June you may see some of the 30 different butterfly species that abound in the sunny glades and along the open paths and rides. Unusual among these are the white admiral, the wood white, purple hairstreak and the extremely rare black hairstreak.
The ponds in the wood are important for wildlife, especially dragonflies and amphibians. New ponds were created near the car park off H7 Chaffron Way and these have also now matured to support a good variety of wildlife.
(Very easy to find – opposite the Nut and Squirrel Public house by Morrisons @ Westcroft)
As well as being home to a wide variety of wildlife, Howe Park boasts more than 200 plant species, some so rare that English Nature has designated it a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its wildlife value. Howe Park Wood has also been awarded a green flag: the parkland equivalent to blue flags for bathing beaches.
Like their Facebook Page to check out their great photos and reviews
See you again soon & Congratulations
Milton Keynes Mums