NOT even the torrential downpour could dampen spirits in Rushmere Park on Saturday as dignitaries, visitors and volunteers came together to celebrate the opening of this 400-acre parkland.
Two chairmans – Peter Hollick of Central Beds Council and Peter Smith of the Greensand Trust – cut a ribbon to officially open Rushmere and marked the occasion by unveiling a stunning picture of the Rushmere herons.
Reflecting on the day, Cllr Hollick said: “It was great to join in with the celebrations to mark the opening of this beautiful new parkland and even the weather didn’t dampen our spirits!
“This project is a good example of localism working and through our close partnership with the Greensand Trust and local volunteers, “Its 400 acres holds ancient woodland, wildlife areas, lakes and even a Christmas tree plantation – with many guided routes for walkers, dog walkers and horse riders there really is something for everyone.”
Visitors who braved the weather still explored the new guided routes armed with waterproofs and umbrellas, although later events which were planned including walks and activities for children had to be postponed.
Those in attendance heard talks from Clive Warncken on responsible dog walking, Central Bedfordshire Council’s historic environment officer Stephen Coleman who discussed the parks history and short stories took place by Maggie Webber about the wildlife within the parkland.