Priory Country Park in Bedford given special recognition for its wildflowers and wildlife
The park creates "spaces for nature to flourish"
Priory Country Park has had its County Wildlife Site status extended.
Although it has had the status for a number of years, the extension to its status is in recognition of the site’s importance for wildlife.
Wildflowers have been encouraged to spread and flourish, creating a welcoming home for native wildlife.
Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “As a country park, Priory has long led the way in allowing our natural environment to flourish, with careful management, creating a haven for wildlife within walking distance of Bedford town centre.
“In recent times especially, I know we have all come to value our local parks even more as places to get some exercise, and enjoy the fresh air and get into nature.
“We have been extending this approach of encouraging natural grass and wildflower meadows to other parks, to create spaces for nature to flourish alongside mown areas where people can walk and play through our ‘Bugs and Bees’ project.
“Congratulations to Priory Country Park on this extension to their County Wildlife Site status, recognising the importance of the work being done to encourage wildflowers and wildlife.”