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Green Flag award for Bishop's Stortford's Southern Country Park

Bishop's Stortford's Southern Country Park is flying the Green Flag for a further year.

Along with the Ridgeway in Hertford, it has been acknowledged as one of the district's premier places to play, walk and fish and a thriving home for wildlife.

The Friends of Southern Country Park, a group of enthusiastic volunteers, have played a crucial role in making sure the 23-hectare (56.8-acre) open space near St Michael's Mead and Thorley Park has retained its flag since 2008.

Green Flag success for East Herts (42756868)
Green Flag success for East Herts (42756868)

Members meet monthly and carry out a variety of tasks ranging from counting butterflies to managing trees, hedges and undergrowth and installing wooden steps and fences.

Cllr Eric Buckmaster, East Herts Council's executive member for wellbeing, said: "This year more than ever the parks have shown their value, from places to meet friends to places to get daily exercise and improve mental wellbeing. There's so much to do and see in both parks.

"They're great places for children to play safely, explore the wildlife, and for dog walkers or anyone who wants to get outdoors and be active.

Southern Country Park - children on the zip wire.
Southern Country Park - children on the zip wire.

"We are pleased to have seen so many people enjoying these spaces during recent months and hope this continues.

"Recently we launched an anti-litter campaign across all of our parks and open spaces, and with the help of residents, our officers, the friends groups and Glendale – the council's grounds maintenance contractor – have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to maintain a picturesque landscape that residents can escape to."

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