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.
28 February 2013
Ground breaking will take place at Campbell Park and the start of the building of the project is set
the first week of April. Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2103 and the
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
public event planned for the 11th November 2013.
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.
MK Rose Pillar for Armistice Day
Unveils Armistice Day Pillar for MK Rose
For more information about the unveiling of the first pillar, check out the links below:
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:
Rose as a Collective Place of Reflection
the MK Rose Came to Bloom