Natural England launches Country Parks Accreditation Scheme

Country parks across England are being invited to apply for Natural England's newly launched Country Parks Accreditation Scheme.

Natural England's Country Parks Accreditation Scheme sets a benchmark for services and facilities at England's country parks and nature sites.

In order to achieve accreditation, parks must meet a range of criteria for essential services and facilities.

These include:

  • A visitor centre
  • High quality signage
  • Disabled access
  • At least 10ha in size
  • Free to enter
  • Daily staff presence

Accredited sites will be able to publicly display the accreditation scheme logo to demonstrate to visitors that the site delivers the services and facilities Natural England recognises of a Country Park. Details of all accredited sites will also be available on the Natural England website.

Natural England's chief executive Helen Phillips said: "There are 430 named Country Parks and hundreds more parks and nature reserves near urban areas that are open to the public to access and enjoy.  Natural England's accreditation scheme provides a common standard, enabling the public to identify the facilities they can expect and park owners to highlight the investments they are making to provide quality experiences for visitors.

To receive an application form or queries relating to the application process, Site Managers can phone 0300 060 1115 or email cpas@naturalengland.org.uk

 

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