Green Flag to Fly Over Houghton Hall Park




Houghton Hall Park is one of six open spaces in the Central Bedfordshire area to have been recognised as some of the best community-run green spaces in the country in the UK’s National Green Flag Awards 2019.

A full Green Flag Award has been awarded for Houghton Hall Park, a first for Central Bedfordshire Council. The park’s visitor building has previously been the recipient of various design awards, and boasts bookable meeting spaces, a dog-friendly cafĂ© 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 £3m 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.



The Green Flag Awards recognise well managed high-quality green spaces. Any green space is eligible to win this award, providing visitors can enter free of charge. The Green Flag Awards Scheme (www.greenflagaward.org) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.

The council’s 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; and Flitton Moor. Meanwhile, Studham Common received its Green Flag award for the twelfth year running. 

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, the Executive Member for Community Services for Central Bedfordshire Council, 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.”

All the events during Love Parks Week (24 July – 2 August) are available on the council website at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/love-parks

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

Source: KW, CBC


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