Rushmere Park
Location:Entrance off Linslade Road,Heath and Reach, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 0EB, Bedfordshire. Accessible from the A4146.
Map reference: SP 916 278
Size: Whole area c400 acres
Owner: The Greensand Trust and Central Bedfordshire Council


The overall vision is to create an attractive and accessible public open space, zoned in a manner that enables a wide range of leisure and countryside activities, whilst protecting and enhancing sensitive natural and historic environment areas and features and making the most of this unique landscape.

A range of research work and surveys have been carried out since 2009, which has been used to form the basis of the 'Rushmere Framework'. A strategic document that sets out the vision for the future development of the Estate.
For further information click here. view of Rushmere View from Rushmere visitor centre overlooking the heronry
View of Stockgrove entrance visitor centre

The Greensand Trust manages this area comprising of Rushmere (c200acres), Stockgrove (c80 acres), Oak Wood (c100 acres) and Rammamere and parts of Kings Wood. Stockgrove was opened to the public in 1972 and Rushmere is the newest addition to the Estate and was opened in 2011.  The Estate has an interesting history dating back to medieval times.  It has a variety or habitats including lakes, ancient woodland, conifer plantations, meadows and heath.  The lake at Stockgrove is noted for its colourful Mandarin ducks whilst one fo the lakes in Rushmere is home to a fantastic heronry; on the meadows green woodpeckers may be seen feeding on ants among the wildflowers and grasses. Bakers Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its semi-natural Ancient Woodland.  Some of the site has County Wildlife Site status. The geology and landforms of Stockgrove also have significance with the site registered as a Regionally Important Site with a leaflet available on the ice age landforms. More information is available on Stockgrove.

What you can see changes with the seasons. 
In spring – bluebells, lily of the valley & other woodland flowers, warblers, butterflies, common lizards;
summer – heather, butterflies (purple hairstreak, white admiral);
autumn – woodland colours, fungi and in winter – migrant birds, eg crossbills, Mandarins in mating plumage.