Award for Ampthill Great Park

19 July 2017

Ampthill Great Park has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world.

The park is among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award, the mark of a quality park or green space. It is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Ampthill Great Park is 160 acres of nationally important historic park and woodland. It was a favourite retreat of Henry VIII who used the parkland for hunting. Katherine of Aragon was resident in the park for six months during the divorce proceedings. The parkland landscape we enjoy today was created by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th century. Ampthill Town Council have recently undertaken restoration of the park to reveal Browns original layout and to provide visitors with information to explain its rich history and development over the centuries. Today visitors can enjoy walks along the ridge with panoramic views, strolls through the shady woods amongst grand avenues and veteran trees or enjoy time with the family in the play area and café. The council works with many organisations to organise and enable many events and activities to take place throughout the year. 

The Friends of Ampthill Great Park have played an important role in promoting the parks rich history and carrying out conservation work. The park is maintained by the Greensand Trust and is also the home of Ampthill Town Cricket Club, Football Club and Ampthill and District Angling Club.

Ampthill Mayor Simon Peacock said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award on the first time of entering the competition. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Ampthill Great Park to such a high standard. We have 2 more years of Heritage Lottery Funded projects to deliver, we will endeavour to engage with as many people as possible so more people choose to visit the park and enjoy everything it has to offer."

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. Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”