We ensure that we safeguard and enhance our county's wildlife, as well as its natural and historic features.
To provide a countryside that is attractive and accessible to the community, we work closely with:
- the local community
- environmental organisations
Access to the countryside
We encourage visitors to the countryside to make use of public transport.
You can be kept up to date on public transport information by visiting the Suffolk On Board website.
If public transport is limited, you may find using the AA route planner helpful to plan your route.
Looking to the future
We are currently looking at our role in running parks and recreation sites. We are transferring our sites to various community organisations.
The owners of various country parks and recreations sites in Suffolk are stated in the table below:
|Bramford Meadows||Bramford Parish Council|
|Bramford Picnic Site||Bramford Parish Council|
|Barham Picnic Site||Barham Parish Council|
|Rodbridge Picnic Site||Long Melford Parish Council|
|Melford Walk||Long Melford Parish Council|
|Walberswick Quay Hut||Landowner|
|East Lane Car Park, Bawdsey||Landowner|
|Knettishall Heath County Park||Suffolk Wildlife Trust|
|Cattawade Picnic Site||River Stour Trust|
|Fen Alder Carr||Creeting St Peter Parish Council|
|Iken Picnic Site||Suffolk Coastal District Council|
|Nacton Picnic Site||Suffolk Coastal District Council|
|Thorpeness Car Park||Suffolk Coastal District Council|
|Landguard Local Nature Reserve||Suffolk Coastal District Council|
|Toby's Walks, Blythburgh||Landowner|
|Ramparts Field Picnic Site||Landowner|
|Haughley Picnic Site||Haughley Parish Council|
|Lavenham Walk||National Trust|
|Valley Walk, Sudbury||National Trust|
|Greyfriars, Dunwich||Dunwich Greyfriars Trust|
|Clare Country Park||St Edmundsbury Council|
|Brandon Country Park||Forest Heath District Council|
The future of Clare Country Park
To determine the ownership of Clare Country Park a panel of councillors considered proposals from different groups, including the the town council.
The panel were minded to make the town council the preferred organisation for the transfer of the park. To do this their proposal needed to be amended to align with the financial constraints facing the council.
The consultation included an online survey, as well as a public meeting at Clare Town Hall. Read the meeting notes (PDF, 44KB).
The following documents below set out the different options that were considered:
- Option 1 and 2 (PDF, 102KB)
- Proposal from the Clare parish council (PDF, 99KB)
- Option 3 (PDF, 501KB)
- Proposal from the Friends of Clare Castle Country Park (PDF, 78KB)
- Overall consultation report (PDF, 206KB)