Rushmere Country Park About Map Facilities Find us Walks and trails Learning activities News Events Bookings Weddings Support What's on News Rushmere Country Park once again one of the country’s best parks Environmental charity The Greensand Trust is raising a Green Flag Award for the second time at Rushmere Country Park in Heath and Reach, having gained its first Green Flag last year. The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces. After 18 months 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 once again achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the small charity team that make the green space a great space for everyone to enjoy. Rushmere Country Park joins parks and green spaces as diverse as the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Woodhouse Park in Peterlee and Chiswick Old Cemetery in London. Commenting on the news that Rushmere Country Park has achieved the Green Flag Award standard for the second time, Greensand Trust Chief Executive Gill Welham said: We're delighted to see the hard work of our staff and volunteers recognised in this way given the increased pressure the site came under during the pandemic and the enormous challenges this created for the team. The park remained available for local people to enjoy throughout, providing exercise and outdoor recreational opportunities during lockdown and this award is a real credit to the the Rushmere team. Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Rushmere Country Park worthy of a Green Flag Award. To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that Rushmere Country Park has high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives. Other award winning sites we're involved in In addition to Rushmere Country Park, The Greensand Trust is involved in maintaining other Green Flag Award winning green spaces in the area: With Central Bedfordshire Council supporting local friends groups at: Tiddenfoot Waterside Park Linslade Wood Flitton Moor Studham Common With Ampthill Town Council where we have a ranger team onsite: Ampthill Great Park Recognising and rewarding well-managed parks 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.