Green Flag Accreditation for Local Parks - Including Houghton Hall Park

  • Houghton Hall Park is one of several parks in the area to get a Green Flag Award in 2020.

The UK’s National Green Flag Awards 2020 was delayed this year due to Covid-19 and while staff and volunteers dealt with challenges that went along with huge numbers of additional visitors. 

Amongst these, Central Bedfordshire has secured its first-ever full Green Flag Award for Rushmere Country Park.

The award winning parks can be found on this interactive Green Flag Map

Close to Houghton Regis, Green Flag Award winning open spaces include: 

More winners - see Green Flag Map

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

This year, a total of 2061 places have achieved the Green Flag Award, having been assessed by an army of more than 1,000 volunteer judges. 

In addition, 109 of the winners have also achieved the much-coveted Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the management of their historic features. The Accreditation is supported by Historic England.

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said, “Parks and green spaces have never been more important for the physical and mental health of everyone."

“All the research shows that spending time in good-quality green space can improve people’s health and wellbeing, that is why it is important that they are managed to the recognised standard of the Green Flag Award. This is now something that millions more recognise after the challenges of the past six months. All those involved in the Green Flag Award should be congratulated on their achievement.”

Top Photo: Houghton Hall Park, A D Winter