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Harrold-Odell - Top Award

Bedford Borough Council’s Harrold-Odell Country Park has scooped the top award at this year’s Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), Living Countryside Awards, which took place on 7th October.

 

Each year, more than 300,000 visitors enjoy the park’s peaceful surroundings. The landscape offers a widening range of facilities while its lakes, woodland and river bank quietly host many rare species.

The recognition was secured in CPRE’s ‘Landscape Improvement’ category.

 

Harrold-Odell Country Park was selected as a prime example of how country parks should be developed and managed to preserve a rural feel whilst catering for the needs of many types of visitor. 

 

It was also highlighted that the park’s skilled management of the flooded gravel pits, alongside the River Great Ouse, has provided the county with a popular resource for leisure and recreational activities, whilst preserving the ecological value of the park's habitats. The Country Park is managed by Bedford Borough Council staff with the committed support of a “Friends Group”.

 

Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland, portfolio holder for Community and Regulatory Services at Bedford Borough Council, said: It’s great to have acknowledgement of this calibre. It’s a well respected award which the borough can be hugely proud of and reflects the hard work, enthusiasm and motivation of the staff and volunteers at the park.”

 

This is the fourth year of the CPRE Bedfordshire awards scheme, which aims to bring recognition to landowners, individuals and commercial users of the countryside who are making special efforts to preserve the visual appearance and biodiversity of the county for future generations. 

 

For further information on the park go to http://www.hocp.co.uk

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