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Press Release: David Lock Associates Celebrate MK51


Tuesday, 23 January, 2018






Throughout 2017, David Lock Associates (DLA) have been celebrating MK50 (the 50th birthday of Milton Keynes) by showcasing 49 of the city's 22 million trees on To complete the showcase and make the golden 50, DLA launched a competition to find a child to plant the 50th tree.

After a rigorous competition process, a ceremony was held today - on the day of Milton Keynes 51st Birthday - as Hermione Sumpter from Stony Stratford was invited to plant the historic 50th tree in the presence of the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr David Hopkins. In his address at the ceremony, Cllr Hopkins said: "It's hard to believe that it is twelve months to the day since we were celebrating the official 50thbirthday of MK and were kick-starting the numerous celebrations and events that have marked all that is good and great about our fabulous city.

As part of the city's birthday celebration reaching the big 5-0. David Lock Associates created a website dedicated specifically to the beautiful trees in the borough - and where people could also vote for which variety of tree would be planted to celebrate Milton Keynes' anniversary.

Many congratulations to Hermione and her splendid piece of art that won the competition to help plant the tree, and well done to all at David Lock Associates. Let's encourage people to further explore their public green spaces."

The ceremony was held at Brooklands Linear Park, one of the many burgeoning new green spaces in the new city. Ben Ruston of owners, Places for People said: "Holding this ceremony at Brooklands, particularly on the 51st Birthday, has been a real honour and we have been delighted to play a part in celebrating the city's milestone moment"

David Lock Associates are strong supporters of the community and growth of Milton Keynes, and have been closely involved with many projects in the calendar of MK50 celebrations. Partner at DLA, Simon Collier concludes: " has been one of our best received public engagement activities - it's been a real delight to be a big part of such an important year in the city's history. Even better to have found one of our future generation to plant a tree - here's to MK60 - who knows what they'll have both grown in to."



Photograph of tree planting ceremony - pictured are Councillor David Hopkins (Mayor of Milton Keynes) and Hermione Sumpter. A selection of high resolution photos are available at

Editors Notes

David Lock Associates is an independent town planning, urban design and master planning consultancy based in Milton Keynes. As well as creating new towns, they're very proud of the new city of Milton Keynes and are regularly invited to be part of city wide events and activities. It is their pride in MK that planted the seed for this innovative celebration of the city's natural architecture.

Milton Keynes celebrated the 50thanniversary of its designation as a new town throughout 2017.

A representative from David Lock Associates is available for broadcast and print interview opportunities. To arrange an interview or to find out more information, please contact Steven at Lucky 13 Management -steven@lucky13uk.comor call 07989 121326.