Rushmere Country Park

Tuesday 26th July 2022

Today, environmental charity The Greensand Trust is celebrating after receiving a Green Flag Award for Rushmere Country Park - one of 2,208 UK winners.

The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces

After two years that have seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that Rushmere Country Park has achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the small charity team which makes the green space a great space everyone can enjoy.

Commenting on the news, The Greensand Trust Chief Executive Gill Welham said:

We’re delighted to see the hard work of our staff and volunteers recognised in this way for the third consecutive year. Feedback received from the Green Flag judges credits our team for a site which is clearly being well run, meeting all the public needs, while placing an emphasis on reducing carbon footprint and congratulates us on the standard and quality of this much-loved public open space. Our plans for future development using a holistic approach considering the prominence of the water bodies and wider historical features were also praised and we’re grateful for the recognition.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Accreditation Manager Paul Todd said:

I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Rushmere Country Park worthy of a Green Flag Award. Rushmere Country Park is a vital green space for the community in the Leighton Buzzard area. This award is testament to all the hard work of staff and volunteers, who do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.

The Greensand Trust is also involved in helping to manage a number of Bedfordshire Green Flag sites including Ampthill Great Park, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Linslade Wood and Flitton Moor, but this award is one we are particularly proud of as we manage Rushmere Country Park which we co-own with Central Bedfordshire Council.

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

A full list of Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces is available here


Pictured are members of the Rushmere team who have worked so hard to make this award possible.