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New Homes needed for Milton Keynes Heritage Plants

Heritage Plants in Saxon Court atrium
Sean Clegg explained the health and wellbeing benefits of the plants in Saxon Court’s atrium at last year’s community plant workshops.

Saxon Court in central Milton Keynes is home to some of the largest and most interesting legacy plants in the city, but with Socius, the mixed-use developers behind MK Gateway, set to commence its £190m redevelopment of the site soon, the sustainably conscious place-makers are keen to protect and secure the future of these important plants.

Socius is on the hunt for property owners and/or businesses to take over as custodians of these historically significant trees, shrubs and palms. There are approximately 20 indoor plants, some of which are more than 40 years old and a few in excess of five metres tall, including the following:

  • 2 x 5m tall Strelizia Nicolai - Crane flower
  • More than 5m tall Date Palm, possibly a Phoenix Dactylifera
  • 1x more than 5m tall and 1 x 2m tall (and very wide) Ficus Lyrata
  • Various Draecena, more than 2m tall
  • 1 x more than 5m tall Ficus Longifolia
  • There are a few other Palms, which are approx. 2-3m tall
  • There are also lots of large form peace lily (Spathiphyllum)

Can you give one, more, or all of these large plants a new home?

If you can, you’ll be protecting a part of Milton Keynes heritage and our environment; when you consider that in excess of 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide per plant could be created, if they were lost!

Steve Eccles, Director of Socius explains: " The opportunity we have here in Milton Keynes, to preserve something environmentally and historically important, is the perfect example of how we can responsibly protect our heritage, while building something fit for the future that will champion the planet through low carbon design, renewable energy, sustainable transport and biodiversity.”

Sean Clegg, biophilic design specialist at Tiny Jungle says: “Introducing nature and naturally inspired elements into your work space can help you to be happier, healthier and more productive; another excellent reason why, if you have a suitable space, we would urge you to consider rehoming Saxon Court’s legacy plants.”

If you are able to offer a large, light indoor space, and commit to caring for these plants for the future*, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch today at hello@socius-dev.com

*Working in partnership with Sean Clegg, a biophilic design specialist at Tiny Jungle, we will liaise with you to do all we can to protect and preserve each plant throughout the transplantation process and advise you on maintenance and upkeep requirements in order to ensure the long-term health and wellbeing of these plants.

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