Parks and Open Spaces
We provide and maintain many of the parks, open spaces and play areas across Leighton-Linslade. Our green assets, including parks, play areas and nature conservation sites are a great place to relax and unwind. Our Grounds and Environmental Services team work with ‘Friends’ groups to improve the quality of our local parks and open spaces. This can include anything from developing new facilities such as consultations for refurbishing play areas, planting flower and shrub beds and maintaining playgrounds.
Our service aim: “To Provide great public open spaces, varied opportunities for sport and leisure and to exceed expectations in delivering cemetery and allotment services”.
Three of our parks and green spaces have achieved the coveted Green Flag Award – a national standard of excellence for parks and green spaces. Please see below links to their pages:
A further two sites also have the accolade of Fields in Trust status:
Mentmore Park and Memorial Gardens, Linslade has something for all ages, for the young there is a toddler play site, for the sporty there is bowls, cricket and tennis, for the active there is considerable space for spontaneous sport and for those without a garden there are well maintained shrub beds. The Memorial Gardens are also home to the Linslade Memorial commemorating those that fell during both World wars. It was originally located at the junction of Old Road, Leighton Road and Wing Road in Linslade but moved in 1955 to its current location.
Pages Field is seven aces of grassed land south of Weston Avenue, Leighton Buzzard. It was Bequeathed to the Town Council in 1974 to be used for recreational purposes and since that time it has been used as public open space. Local residents requested that the land was protected by becoming a Queen Elizabeth II Field to ensure it is only used for recreational purposes., something the Town Council fully supports. It is accessed by road (across the Narrow Gauge Railway) and footpath.
Astral Park is the exciting new open space on the Sandhills development that includes a modern sports, leisure and community centre, football pitches and parkland.
There are smaller play areas to be found at Vandyke Road, Adams Bottom, Danes Way, Derwent Road, Weston Avenue, Nicolson Drive and Alwin’s Field.
The Town Council is responsible for football pitches, tennis courts, cricket pitches, croquet lawns and one basketball court in the above open spaces. For more information about hiring these facilities, click here.
Keep the Buzz in Leighton Buzzard
Leighton Buzzard is an example of a Town which has successfully mobilised itself for pollinators, building on prior conservation work, in 2012 South Bedfordshire Friends of the Earth set up the campaign ‘Keep the Buzz in Leighton Buzzard’. With support from Leighton-Linslade Town Council, Leighton-Linslade in Bloom and the Greensand Trust they had the knowledge, tools and funds that were needed to transform 8 sites across the town. They did this with the help of local residents, retailers, local businesses and schools.