Monthly column: Green Flag Awards are a testament to Borough’s dedicated staff and community spirit

Bedford Borough Green Flag Award at Priory Marina
Image: Bedford Borough Council

The news is in and our parks and green spaces have once again received the prestigious Green Flag Award in recognition of its outstanding parks and open spaces.

This is a testament to the unwavering dedication of our officers and volunteers and their effort in ensuring that our parks are there for the community to cherish and enjoy.

When I talk to people who live here, many say they love our amazing parks and green spaces. They are some of the things they like most about Bedford Borough. Whether it’s taking a Sunday stroll with family and friends or going out for a quick run, our award-winning parks offer a vital escape from the stresses of modern life.

This year, Keep Britain Tidy has given Addison Howard Park, Bedford Park, Harrold-Odell Country Park and Priory Country Park a Green Flag award.

A special mention must be made to Harrold-Odell Country Park who scored in the highest category this year, which reflects the hard work put into the management of the park by the Country Park Team and Friends of Harrold-Odell Country Park.

As a Council, we remain committed to enhancing our parks and open spaces. Exciting times are ahead with plans for playground improvements at Priory Country Park and Commercial Road Playgrounds later this year.

Additionally, we take great pride in recent investments made in new fitness equipment at Bedford Park and Mill Meadows, encouraging active lifestyles in our parks.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers

We couldn’t keep these Green Flags without our amazing volunteers, who give up their time and make our parks an even better place to visit. But this is where we need your help. Can you give an hour to spare, and volunteer at one of Bedford’s parks and open spaces?

You can join our Green Flag Community Award-winning groups at Hill Rise Local Nature Reserve, Mowsbury Hillfort and Putnoe Wood, managed through Bedford Borough Council’s volunteer groups, or the Friends of Hill Rise and the Friends of Putnoe Wood and Mowsbury Hillfort.

If you would like to volunteer please sign up today at

I hope we can continue to work together to make sure our beautiful parks and open spaces continue to flourish.

This is a monthly guest column provided by elected
Mayor Tom Wootton (Conservative). It is published unedited and
does not reflect the views of the Bedford Independent.