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Welcome. The MK ROSE is a new and spectacular public place in Central Milton Keynes which will be available to everyone for celebration, commemoration and contemplation from November 2013.

The MK Rose is available for use by the citizens of Milton Keynes and visitors for many different reasons. You might want to gather to meet like-minded others on ‘Valentine’s Day’ or attend a gathering to celebrate the sunrise on ‘Midsummer’s Day’. Or you may have a more personal day where you wish to remember a loved one or remember those who have given their lives in war on Armistice Day. Or you may want to visit MK ROSE, as a place where you are safe to just ‘be’. The Rose, designed by internationally renowned artist, Gordon Young, has been commissioned by a partnership of the Milton Keynes Cenotaph Trust and Milton Keynes Parks Trust with the support of Milton Keynes Council.

MK Rose includes a calendar of days important to the people of Milton Keynes, which are represented by 140 pillars arranged in the geometric design of a flower. 106 pillars will be installed prior to launch (list of agreed pillars so far available here) and others will be left for future dedications. If you feel someone or something needs recognising send us your suggestion and it will be considered for the future.

The Rose is located in Campbell Park, adjacent to the Shopping Centre, and is built on the site of the former fountain (location map).

The story so far...

9 November 2103

MK Rose, the new public place of commemoration and celebration in Campbell Park, will be launched on Saturday 9 November with an exciting programme of activities, music, dance, readings and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Highlights include former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden playing a tribute to Jim Marshall, a demo by members of the Red Bull pit crew and their wing girls, and a performance of Amazing Grace by MK’s Diamond Theatre Group.

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28 February 2013

Ground breaking will take place at Campbell Park and the start of the building of the project is set for the first week of April. Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2103 and the opening is set for 11/11/13.

30 January 2013

First 11 pillars selected:
The first 11 of the initial 60 pillars have been selected after much discussion, it was decided that a further 47 will be left for future allocation. The pillar panel will be sitting monthly to select pillars and we are still accepting submissions. Planning permission is now in place as are the contracts for construction. The MK Rose should be completed by the end of October 2013 with its first public event planned for the 11th November 2013.

november 2011

11 November 2011

Over 200 people from all sections of the community attended the unveiling of the Armistice Day Pillar – the first of 140 pillars that will eventually form part of the MK Rose memorial.

For more information about the unveiling of the first pillar, check out the links below:

Unveiling of MK Rose Pillar for Armistice Day

Mayor Unveils Armistice Day Pillar for MK Rose
the story so far...

28 October 2011

Official Launch: we had our official press launch at the Parks Trust Pavilion which was attended by over 70 people, including the Mayor of Milton Keynes. For details of press coverage of this event please click the links below:

MK Rose as a Collective Place of Reflection

How the MK Rose Came to Bloom