Flitton Moor is one three open spaces in Central Bedfordshire to have been recognised as some of the best community-run green spaces in the country in the National Green Flag Awards 2014/15.
The moor joines Linslade Wood and Studham Common in being awarded with the Community Award for managing and improving the sites for everyone to visit, appreciate and use as green spaces for healthy activities and quiet enjoyment. The sites are also carefully managed to help improve them for wildlife and biodiversity.
All three sites are managed by the council, with invaluable help from ‘Friends of’ groups who run work parties, fund raising activities, educational and guided walks and other events.
Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Sustainable Communities, Services, said: “This is really fantastic news and our thanks go to the ‘Friends of’ groups who have put in so much work to achieve this accolade. Our own Countryside Access team oversee the parks and offer advice, tools, training and support through management plans and so on but we can’t accept these awards without acknowledging the hard graft that many local people put in too.”
David Sedgley, volunteer warden for the Friends of Flitton Moor said: “We are so delighted to discover that Flitton Moor has received a Green Flag Award. We have been working very hard over the past 9 years to improve the site; both for its biodiversity and the visitor experience. This award means a lot to us, as recognition of all we have achieved so far.
“We have a derelict, and condemned, barn on the site which we are intending to replace and use as an open visitor information point for the whole Flit Valley. We hope that the Green Flag award will help us in our funding bid to achieve this.”
Stotfold Mill Meadow also won an award. The site does not belong to the council but council staff work closely with the volunteer group there.
Cllr Spurr added: “As a council, we aim to provide high quality green spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy across the whole of Central Bedfordshire. These awards are fantastic recognition of the great spaces we have. We hope that people will visit them or a site local to them over the summer and see for themselves.”
Central Bedfordshire Council works with Friends of Linslade Wood, Friends of Studham Common and Friends of Flitwick Moor to ensure the green spaces are kept in fantastic condition.
The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 volunteer experts who visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including biodiversity, access, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
For a full list of countryside sites that the council manages, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/countryside and see where you could go this summer.