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Southern Country Park's Green Flag decade

August 15 2017 - Lots of places to play, walk, and fish, and plenty of homes for wildlife have helped Southern Country Park celebrate a decade of flying the Green Flag.

The Friends of Southern Country Park, a group of enthusiastic local residents, played a crucial role in making sure the popular Bishop's Stortford green space was awarded its 10th flag.

The Friends meet monthly and carry out a variety of tasks ranging from counting butterflies, the management of hedges, trees and undergrowth to the installation of wooden steps and fences.

Chairman of the Friends Andy White said: "We're very proud of the park and the contribution that we make. It's a beautiful green space in the heart of a residential area and it's a great place to visit, whether you're out with the family, watching wildlife or walking your dog."

Eric Buckmaster, executive member for health and wellbeing, said: "There's so much to do in Southern Country Park. The pond has a new boardwalk where you can safely explore the reed bed, while the woodlands and chalk banks offer the chance to see nature away from the activities in the open grassy areas.

"There's even a grass maze and a great play area. We are very proud of this wonderful park."

The Friends group meets on the first Wednesday of every month. To find out more email and search on Facebook for The Friends of Southern Country

 Photo: The Friends building a shady shelter for the park's sheep.

August 15 2017