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Greensand Trust – Best Park in The Country

Rushmere Country Park is, once again, flying the flag as one of the country’s best parks.

by Carolyn Londer-Ward

The Green Flag scheme is marking its Silver Jubilee and Rushmere Country Park in Heath and Reach, was one of 2127 celebrating success on 14, October 2021.

The Greensand Trust, an environmental charity, is raising a Green Flag Award for the second year in succession in Heath and Reach. The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.

Over the last 18 months, our parks and green spaces have played a vital role for people through lockdowns. They have worked as places to relax, exercise, and meet friends and family safely.

This award demonstrates the hard work and dedication of the small team who give their time to make this the great green space that it is.

Along with Rushmere Country Park, diverse parks like the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Woodhouse Park in Peterlee and Chiswick Old Cemetery in London were also awarded.

Greensand Trust Chief Executive Gill Welham commented on this second award:

“We are delighted to see the hard work of our staff and volunteers recognised in this way given the increased pressure the site came under during the pandemic and the enormous challenges this created for the team. The park was available for local people to enjoy throughout, providing exercise and outdoor recreational opportunities during lockdown and this award is a real credit to the Rushmere team.”

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd also congratulated everyone involved. Rushmere Country Park has high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management. It is also a place that supports people to live healthy lives.

The Green Flag Award

The environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy manages The Green Flag Award scheme. They manage it under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The award recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces. It sets the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

In celebration of this year’s announcement, Green Flag Award asked buildings and monuments around the UK to #GoGreenForParks last Thursday. The aim was to show appreciation for the spaces that mean so much to people.

The Greensand Trust

The Greensand Trust is an independent environmental charity working with local communities and landowners. They conserve and promote the distinctive landscape, wildlife and history of the Greensand Ridge/ Greensand Country. They also improve access, understanding and enjoyment of this fascinating area.  Find out more at