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Six Green Flags to fly across Central Bedfordshire parks

Monday, 15 July 2019

Six open spaces in Central Bedfordshire have today been recognised as some of the best community-run green spaces in the country in the UK’s National Green Flag Awards 2019.

Green Flag Award logoAmongst these, Central Bedfordshire has secured its first ever full Green Flag Award for Houghton Hall Park. The park’s visitor building has previously been the recipient of various design awards, and boasts bookable meeting spaces, a dog-friendly café with both indoor and outdoor seating, children’s discovery area, and interactive interpretation about the park and other local heritage. The park and visitor centre, which are free to visit, are part of the wider National Lottery-funded £3 million Houghton Hall Park Renaissance and Renewal Project, which provides easy-access paths and innovative natural play equipment, making the historic Houghton Hall Park a great destination for all of the family.

Houghton Hall Park

Our other five parks and green spaces that received the prestigious Green Flag Community Award this year are:

  • Linslade Wood
  • Tiddenfoot Waterside Park
  • Stotfold Mill Meadows 
  • Flitton Moor 

Meanwhile, Studham Common received its Green Flag award for the twelfth year running.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, our Executive Member for Community Services, said: "It’s fantastic news that these six Central Bedfordshire public spaces have been nationally recognised in the Green Flags Award scheme.

"We know how important it is for residents to have somewhere to explore, relax and exercise. So we’re delighted that our parks have been recognised for having the highest possible environmental standards, being beautifully maintained and their excellent visitor facilities. The green flags flying across Central Bedfordshire are a testament to the efforts of both the staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.

"These awards coincide with our Love Parks Week from 24 July to 2 August, which has a range of events and activities to celebrate our wonderful parks. I would urge everyone to head outdoors and make use of these over the summer."

We also host a number of activities all year round throughout our various parks to get fit, stay healthy or keep active. Find out about our leisure activities.