Country parks and recreation sites

How our countryside service aims to conserve Suffolk's wildlife and landscape, whilst making it accessible for everyone.

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
  • landowners
  • 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 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: