Environmental conservation, education and access

Help us conserve, enhance and protect the distinctive landscape, wildlife and history of
The Greensand Ridge and wider area.

  • Greensand Trust
  • Rushmere Country Park
  • Working Woodlands Centre

About Rushmere Country Park

Rushmere Country Park is a great place to discover nature and enjoy outdoor leisure pursuits.

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Dormouse Appeal

The Doormouse is an endangered species yet we've been successful in helping this lovely creature to thrive in Maulden Wood - but we need your help to ensure we can continue this work and make a real difference.

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Target amount: £500.00

Amount raised: £20.40


Restoring Shire Oak Heath Appeal

Help us raise funds to purchase neighbouring Shire Oak Heath and bring it into the park. The current owners, recognising the work of The Greensand Trust to improve the surrounding area and habitats, have agreed to transfer the land to us on the understanding that we launch a public appeal to help raise the funds to secure the site and its restoration.

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Target amount: £50,000.00

Amount raised: £33,776.72

Greensand Ridge map

Our area is full of great places to visit and things to do and see. Whether you would like to try mountain biking or just want to walk the dog you'll find it all here.

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What's on

  • An evening of Rat Pack classics with Ryan Beange

    Making his first appearance at the Tree Tops Café, we welcome Ryan Beange who will perform songs from the Rat Pack era with classic big band hits from Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin, Michael Buble and more. Read more

  • Tree Tops Talk: History of Rushmere

    Our 2018 season of Tree Tops Talks continues with a look at the history of the Rushmere estate. Our highly knowledgeable volunteer Stan reveals the rich and varied past of the site from country house to Christmas tree plantation to country park. Read more

  • Greensand Trust Talk: Wildlife on a Mid Beds Farm

    Greensand Trust volunteer Dave Parsons has been recording local wildlife for over 30 years and involved in farm life for a lot longer. His talk will focus mainly on birds but he will also cover other species found in Central Bedfordshire. Read more

What's new

  • The Greensand Trust acquires Shire Oak Heath but needs help for restoration and safer cycle access

    The Greensand Trust is delighted to announce it has been successful in its bid to purchase Shire Oak Heath, a 17 acre site neighbouring Rushmere Country Park which the Trust runs on a not-for-profit basis. This means that restoration works can now begin. However, the Trust remains £15K short of the £50K it needs to complete its vision of vibrant heathland habitats and further funding is needed to create a safer cycle access into the park via Thrift Road. Read more

  • Rushmere Valley Slide closed while decision made on its future

    The Valley Slide at Rushmere Country Park is currently closed pending a decision to be made on its future as part of the play offer at the park due to the risks posed by potential public liability claims. This decision has created much media interest and a large response from visitors on the park's Facebook page but we believe this was the most responsible action to take following the outcome of a public liability claim made against The Greensand Trust last month. Read more

  • First Heron of 2018 spotted!

    The first heron of 2018 was spotted at the park on Saturday 27 January. Here's a poem by Stan the Visitor Services volunteer to celebrate the occasion. Please be aware that he is not always present - that includes Stan and the heron! Read more