Rushmere Country Park

Today environmental charity The Greensand Trust is celebrating after receiving a Green Flag Award for Rushmere Country Park in Heath and Reach, near Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

The news that Rushmere Country Park has achieved the accreditation - the international quality mark for parks and green spaces - is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that care for the green space so that everyone can enjoy it.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd MBE said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved at Rushmere Country Park in achieving a Green Flag Award.

“Rushmere Country Park is a vital green space for the community in Leighton Buzzard and surrounding area, bringing people together and providing opportunities to lead healthy lifestyles. The staff and volunteers do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards of the Green Flag Award and everyone involved should feel extremely proud of their achievement.”

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 fourth consecutive year.

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.