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Encyclopedia > Country park

A country park is an area designated for people to visit and enjoy recreation in a countryside environment.



In the United Kingdom the term has a special meaning. There are about 250 recognised Country Parks in England and Wales. Most Country Parks were designated in the 1970s, under the Countryside Act 1968 with the support of the former Countryside Commission. In more recent times there has been no specific financial support for country parks directly, and fewer have been designated. Most are managed by local authorities, although other organisations and private individuals can also run them. There is nothing to stop anyone opening a site and calling it a Country Park, although they might not receive recognition from the Countryside Agency. Indeed there are quite a few such parks in existence, some of which are very far from what one might normally expect a country park to be. Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location within the UK Official languages English(100%), Welsh(20. ... This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... The Countryside Agency in England is a statutory body with the task of improving the quality of the rural environment and the lives of those living in it. ... The Countryside Agency in England is a statutory body with the task of improving the quality of the rural environment and the lives of those living in it. ...

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The purpose of a country park is to provide a place that has a natural, rural atmosphere for visitors who do not necessarily want to go out into the wider countryside. Visitors can enjoy a public open space with an informal atmosphere, as opposed to a formal park as might be found in an urban area. For this reason country parks are usually found close to or on the edge of built-up areas, and rarely in the countryside proper.


A country park usually has some more formal facilities, such as a car park, toilets, maybe a cafe or kiosk, paths and trails, and some information for visitors. Some have much more, with museums, visitor centres, educational facilities, historic buildings, farms, boating, fishing, and other attractions.

Many larger country parks organise entertainment for visitors, and are venues for firework displays, shows and fairs and other large, outdoor events.

There is not necessarily any public right of access to Country Parks, and visitors are usually subject to by-laws when they enter the park. Some charge for car parking, some are free.

These parks vary tremendously from one to another, and really have only their purpose in common: to provide easy access to the countryside for those living in the towns and suburbs. They do not necessarily have any great nature conservation interest, although often this is the case.

See also

  • Hong Kong Country Parks & Special Areas

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Country Parks are a lasting and popular legacy of the provisions of the Countryside Act 1968.
Country parks now lead the green space family in their success in gaining the Green Flag Award, the nationally recognised standard of excellence in parks.
Country parks receive over 70 million visitors a year and provide a wide range of opportunities for recreation, health, education and improvements to the quality of life particularly for local communities.
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If you are interested in visiting these parks for a number of various activities, including organised healthy walks, nature walks, taking the children out for a fun day out or just to enjoy the variety of wildlife the parks have to offer, please contact Zohra Mahmood on 0121 328 3400 or email zohra@csvenvironment.org.uk.
New Hall Valley Country Park covers 198 acres of green belt, one mile to the South East of Sutton Park.
Woodgate Valley Country Park is an area of countryside in the heart of Bartley Green and Quinton.
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