New playgrounds, bee-friendly planting and amazing volunteers help Bedford celebrate Love Parks Week


Friday 29 July saw the start of Keep Britain Tidy’s Love Parks Week – an opportunity for us to celebrate the parks and open spaces throughout Bedford Borough.

It is also a chance to thank the 652 individual volunteers who have logged over 12,500 hours of their time to make Bedford’s parks what they are.

Ahead of Love Parks Week the council announced that the Borough’s four Green Flag Award-winning parks have yet again retained their prestigious Green Flag for 2022/23.

This includes Addison Howard Park, Bedford Park, Harrold-Odell Country Park and Priory Country Park.

Bedford Park fountain. Credit: ADC Films
Bedford Park
Credit: ADC Films

Bedford Borough Council was also announced as a winner of the 2021 Bees’ Needs Champions Award for the work they are doing to help pollinators through their Bugs and Bees Project. The project focuses on supporting food and shelter for animals, bees and other insects by reducing grass cutting and creating both native and floral wildflower meadows.

This summer, improvements to playgrounds in Bedford Park, Jubilee Park and Russell Park are nearing completion and the Council has recently completed a new outdoor gym featuring seven pieces of equipment and a callisthenics centre at Priory Country Park, and significantly extended the existing gym at Pilgrims Park in Kempston.

How the improvements to Jubilee Park playground will look

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “Love Parks Week is a fantastic time of year to get out and reconnect with nature and the picturesque open spaces we have here in Bedford Borough.

“In the last year we’ve invested in a number of projects to improve our parks and open spaces, and these improvements are still ongoing, in recognition of how valuable our parks are to the people of Bedford Borough.

“Over the next week, why not take a stroll and rediscover the Borough’s parks and open spaces, and help us celebrate Love Parks Week?”

If you would like to volunteer in Bedford Borough Council’s parks and open spaces, you can find out more at

To find out more about the Bugs and Bees Project, visit

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