Launched in August 2009, the Country Parks Accreditation Scheme aims to identify and recognise those sites that actually do deliver the core facilities and services expected of Country Parks.
Managers of sites who believe their sites are "Country Parks" and deliver the core facilities and services expected of a country park are invited to apply for Accredited Country Park status. To achieve this they will need to provide evidence that demonstrates how their site delivers the Scheme's criteria for core facilities and services.
Not all sites calling themselves country parks currently deliver all the core facilities and services expected of them both as originally set out in the 1968 Countryside Act (which originally established country parks) and as necessary for the role they play today. With country park practitioners, Natural England has updated criteria for core facilities and services established in 1968 so they reflect the role of country parks today– these now underpin the Accreditation Scheme.
The Accreditation Handbook – everything you want to know about the scheme and how it operates, covering: