Hertfordshire's Green Flag parks

Summer has almost arrived, and we know that means picnics, frisbee and sunny walks, ice cream in hand. Perfect for family days out and those lazy, hazy days of summer, many of Hertfordshire’s gloriously green parks sport the coveted Green Flag award, the ultimate benchmark for some of the best outdoor spaces in the UK and across the world. Ready to get outside? Read on for some of our favourite Green Flag Award winners.

Cassiobury Park

An absolute favourite for its summer sessions in the bandstand, this beautiful award-winner has been voted one of the top 10 parks in the UK – how’s that for a seal of approval? 
Fun in the park

Canal Fields

In the pretty village of Berkhamsted, Canal Fields should be on your shortlist for picnicking perfection this summer. Cool off with a stroll along the nearby Grand Union Canal and take in the old boats, perhaps gaining some design inspiration, all nautically themed! 
Along the canal

Stanborough Park

A Green Flag holder for more than ten years, we can guarantee you’re in for a treat on a visit to this green gem. Circle the two lakes (yes, two!) and take your pick of the 126 acres of countryside for a picnic and a relaxed afternoon. 
Acres of countryside

The Ridgeway

Get back to nature in East Herts with a visit to the Ridgeway, a pretty park surrounded by wildlife, woodland and farmland – what bliss. If you’re in search of something little more active, the open grassland makes for a perfect place to take a morning run or walk. 
Park life

Bricket Wood Common

Nature seekers, head to Bricket Wood Common for a patchwork of habitats and plethora of wildlife this summer. Stroll through acres of ancient woodland and heathland, and along winding streams for sightings of butterflies, great crested newts and yes, those beautiful bluebells!
A natural beauty

Norton Common

Stroll into this hidden gem and you’d never guess you were within walking distance of Letchworth Garden City. 63 acres of grass and woodland are waiting to be explored and the tennis courts and outdoor pool are calling on those hot summer days.
A hidden gem

Leavesden Country Park

Leavesden Country Park has something for everyone.  There is a spectacular sensory garden, a heritage and wildlife centre and Leavesden Cycle Hub. To celebrate and recognise the local history of the Leavesden Hospitals, Leavesden Aerodrome and Film studios, there is a stunning Heritage Trail showcasing nine iconic sculptures nestled in the park reflecting the themes of ‘Minds, Machines and Movies’ each with its own interpretation board weaving in the history of the area.

An award-winning park 

Fairlands Valley Park

Trust us this is a park for those who just can’t sit still! With a sailing centre and 20 acres of open water across four lakes, it’s safe to say you can soon clock up those nautical miles. If you fancy a canter, the horse and pony route takes in some of the best of the parkland. 
One for the active

Parkfield

Take to two wheels at Parkfields this summer and discover a pretty park packed with wildlife. Relax in the Japanese Garden, take a stroll around the lake and soak up those glorious views and wide open spaces. 
Out in the open