The ongoing success of a nature reserve has been recognised with another award.
Stotfold Watermill Nature Reserve has been given been given one of Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag awards for the second year running.
The award shows that the reserve is run to the highest possible standards.
The site consisted of three muddy fields 12 years ago but volunteers from the town’s conservation group, Teasel, have transformed it into a fantastic wildlife habitat. There are ponds, native trees and a wildflower meadow.
Valerie Balderstone of Teasel said: “It is not only a haven for people but also for wildlife and a real jewel in the crown for Stotfold.
“The Green Flag is a real tribute to the hard work put in by our volunteers.”
Stotfold’s nature reserve has picked up other awards in recent years. In 2009 it received Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Living Heritage Award.
In 2010 it was granted local nature reserve status and in 2011 it received county wildlife status, primarily due to its superb water vole habitat.
Visitors can find the reserve in Mill Lane. It is open at all times and there is a free car park.