Bedford parks green seal of approval

Priory Country Park - Green Flag
This year, Priory Country Park received the Green Flag award for the 18th consecutive year

Country parks around Bedford Borough have retained their Green Flag awards recognising them as being among the UK’s very best green spaces.

Addison Howard Park, Bedford Park, Harrold-Odell Country Park and Priory Country Park have all been awarded the prestigious Green Flag which is a mark of quality parks and open spaces.

This year saw some extra achievements for the parks too with this being the 18th a flag has been awarded to Priory Country Park.

Harrold-Odell Country Park also achieved scores in the highest categories for the first time ever.

The Green Flag awards are recognised the world over and are in their third decade. They recognised parks and open spaces that have excellent environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.

Meanwhile, two council owned but volunteer-managed sites have also been recognised.

Mowsbury Hillfort and the Hill Rise Nature Reserve were awarded the Green Flag Community Award again following their success last year.

The Millennium Country Park in the Forest of Marston Vale also celebrated after gaining a Green Flag for the 13th time in a row.

Senior Ranger Nicola Ceconi said: “…It’s a testament to the hard work of our staff and volunteers and proves that it’s a wonderful place for people to visit.”

The Millennium Country Park in the Forest of Marston Vale - Green Flag
The Millennium Country Park in the Forest of Marston Vale

Mayor Dave Hodgson said “Our beautiful parks and open spaces are popular with local residents and visitors alike, and we are proud to have them recognised once again by the Green Flag Award.

“My thanks go to all the staff and volunteers who work so hard throughout the year to bring out the best in our amazing parks.”

If you’re interested in volunteering in one of the Council’s parks and green spaces head the Bedford Borough Council’s website.