Five open spaces in Central Bedfordshire have been recognised as some of the best community-run green spaces in the country in the National Green Flag Awards 2018.

Chiltern Hills view

Linslade Wood; Tiddenfoot Waterside Park; Stotfold Mill Meadows; Flitton Moor have all been awarded with the Community Award which acknowledges that the sites are well-managed and welcoming places, central to the local community and high-quality green spaces. Meanwhile, Studham Common will receive its eleventh award this year.

All five areas are part of a record-breaking 1,883 parks and green spaces receiving the prestigious Green Flag Community Award this year – the mark of a quality park or green space.

The international award, now celebrating its third decade, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services for Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to see such a wide range of locations being recognised. We are absolutely delighted that five public spaces in Central Bedfordshire have been recognised in the Green Flags Award scheme.

“As a council, we know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors. We believe we have some wonderful parks and open spaces and aim to provide high quality green spaces that are welcoming and well managed. It’s National Park Week (22-29 July), so I would like to encourage residents to head outdoors and visit these wonderful areas.”

This #NationalParksWeek we are encouraging as many people as possible to go out and enjoy their local park. Once there, take a photo, video or simply post on social media, tagging in @LetsTalkCentral and telling the world why you love your park.

Central Bedfordshire Council also hosts a number of activities all year round throughout its various parks to get fit, stay healthy or keep active. For more information visit: www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/leisure

Leisure activities:

Health walks – regular, led, walks which are free and open to all; although aimed particularly at people who are presently doing little or no exercise. For more information, go to www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/leisure/physical-activity/walk-4-health.aspx

Central Bedfordshire Council also delivers Xplorer challenges on a selection of days during all school holidays. This is the family-friendly, fun navigation challenge that is educational and gives children a sense of adventure as they explore the park to find the markers. This summer Xplorer is at the following parks:

  • Rushmere Park, Leighton Buzzard – Wednesday 25 July, 11am-1.30pm (£3 car park fee)
  • Chambers Way Park, Biggleswade – Thursday 26 July, 1pm-3pm (FREE)
  • Ampthill Park, Ampthill – Monday 30 July, 11am-1pm (FREE)
  • Rushmere Park, Leighton Buzzard – Thursday 2 August, 11am-1.30pm (£3 car park fee)
  • Chambers Way Park, Biggleswade – Monday 6 August, 11am-1pm (FREE)
  • Houghton Hall Park, Houghton Regis – Tuesday 7 August, 11am-2pm (FREE)
  • Rushmere Park, Leighton Buzzard – Wednesday 8 August, 11am-1.30pm (£3 car park fee)
  • Bellcote Meadow, Shefford – Friday 10 August, 10am-12pm (FREE)
  • Ampthill Park, Ampthill – Tuesday 14 August, 10am-12noon (FREE)
  • Rushmere Park, Leighton Buzzard – Thursday 16 August, 11am-1.30pm (£3 car park fee)
  • Chambers Way Park, Biggleswade – Tuesday 21 August, 10am-12noon (FREE)
  • Ampthill Park, Ampthill – Thursday 23 August, – 1pm-3pm (FREE)
  • Bellcote Meadow, Shefford – Wednesday 29 August – 1pm-3pm (FREE).

For more information, go to: www.Xplorer.org.uk