Spaces In Dunstable And Houghton Regis Awarded Green Flags

Spaces In Dunstable And Houghton Regis Awarded Green Flags

 

Spaces In Dunstable And Houghton Regis Awarded Green Flags

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Today, a record number of parks and green spaces collect a Green Flag Award and Dunstable Cemetery, Priory Gardens and Grove House Gardens are again recognised as among the UK’s very best green spaces while Houghton Hall Park secured its first ever full Green Flag Award.

The three sites in Dunstable, have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme for the tenth year running as among the very best open spaces in the world. They are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award the mark of a quality park or green space.

 

Spaces In Dunstable And Houghton Regis Awarded Green Flags

Spaces In Dunstable And Houghton Regis Awarded Green Flags

 

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the spaces boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.

Dunstable Town Councillor Liz Jones, Chairman of the Grounds and Environmental Services Committee said: “We are absolutely delighted to have retained all three Green Flags in 2019 and to have improved our overall score and rating for Dunstable Cemetery. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and these awards celebrate the work of the Town Council and the dedication that goes into maintaining them to such a high standard’’

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.”

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”

 

Spaces In Dunstable And Houghton Regis Awarded Green Flags

 

Houghton Hall Park was also among those awarded, securing its first ever full Green Flag Award. The park’s visitor building has previously been the recipient of various design awards, and boasts bookable meeting spaces, a dog-friendly café with both indoor and outdoor seating, children’s discovery area, and interactive interpretation about the park and other local heritage. The park and visitor centre, which are free to visit, are part of the wider National Lottery-funded £3m Houghton Hall Park Renaissance and Renewal Project, which provides easy-access paths and innovative natural play equipment, making the historic Houghton Hall Park a great destination for all of the family.

 

Spaces In Dunstable And Houghton Regis Awarded Green Flags

Other parks and green spaces in Central Bedfordshire received the prestigious Green Flag Community Award  and this year include Linslade Wood, Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Stotfold Mill Meadows, and Flitton Moor. Meanwhile, Studham Common received its Green Flag award for the twelfth year running.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services for Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “It’s fantastic news that these six Central Bedfordshire public spaces have been nationally recognised in the Green Flags Award scheme.

“We know how important it is for residents to have somewhere to explore, relax and exercise. So we’re delighted that our parks have been recognised for having the highest possible environmental standards, being beautifully maintained and their excellent visitor facilities. The green flags flying across Central Bedfordshire are a testament to the efforts of both the staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.

“These awards coincide with our Love Parks Week from 24th July to 2nd August, which has a range of events and activities to celebrate our wonderful parks. I would urge everyone to head outdoors and make use of these over the summer.”

All the events during Love Parks Week (24th July – 2nd August) are available on the council website at: www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/love-parks

Central Bedfordshire Council also hosts a number of activities all year round throughout its various parks to get fit, stay healthy or keep active. For more information visit: www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/leisure

 


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Spaces In Dunstable And Houghton Regis Awarded Green Flags

Spaces In Dunstable And Houghton Regis Awarded Green Flags