Caddington ward covers the six parishes of Hyde, Slip End, Caddington, Kensworth, Whipsnade & Studham
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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Studham Common receives ninth green flag award

The text below is a press release issued by Central Bedfordshire yesterday.

My congratulations to the indomitable Cllr Geoff Shute and his hard-working team of volunteers in Studham; more information is available via their website.

Central Bedfordshire continues to fly the green flag
Nine open spaces in Central Bedfordshire have been recognised as some of the best community-run green spaces in the country in the National Green Flag Awards 2016.

Flitton Moor; Grove House Gardens; Linslade Woods; Millennium Country Park; Parson’s Close Rec; Priory Gardens; Stotfold Water Mill Local Nature Reserve; Studham Common and Tiddenfoot Water Park have all been awarded with the Community Award which acknowledges that the sites are well-managed and welcoming places, central to the local community and high-quality green spaces.

Meanwhile, the Forest of Marston Vale’s Millennium Country Park, in Marston Moretaine, is celebrating its tenth Green Flag award and Studham Common will receive its ninth award this year.

All nine areas are part of a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces receiving the Green Flag Award this year, ensuring that even more residents now have access to well-managed, high-quality parks and green spaces.

The award, now celebrating its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services for Central Bedfordshire Council, said: "It is tremendous news that nine public spaces in Central Bedfordshire have been nationally recognised in the Green Flags Award scheme. As a council, we aim to provide high quality green spaces for all residents and visitors to enjoy and it is great to see these awards acknowledge our welcoming and well-managed open spaces. I would encourage people to visit these wonderful areas over the summer.”

Central Bedfordshire Council works with Friends of Linslade Wood, Friends of Studham Common, Friends of Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Friends of Flitton Moor and The Astwick and Stotfold Environmental Link (TEASEL) to ensure the green spaces are kept in fantastic condition.

Geoff Shute, chairman for Friends of Studham Common said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the ninth year from Keep Britain Tidy.

“This award recognises and highlights that people in Studham and the surrounding villages are benefiting from a green space of the very highest quality.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager, Paul Todd, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the awards.

“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”