Water parks: a vital green lung

Our water parks are a source of wellbeing for communities.

Water is our business: vital to the health of our communities and a cornerstone of our region’s economy.  

We also recognise that water has a crucial role to play in wellbeing. Our seven water parks, and the 48 beaches and bathing waters for which we are responsible, are a wonderful resource for those who live in or spend time in our region.  

More than two and a half million people a year typically visit our 4,248 hectares of parkland, woodland, nature reserves and water at Rutland, Grafham, Alton, Pitsford and Hollowell Water, Ravensthorpe Reservoir and Taverham Mill Nature Reserve.  

All seven parks hold Green Flag status, the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the UK.  

Activities on offer include sailing, cycling, camping, fishing and aquaparks. You can even get married in a civil service at the beautiful deconsecrated Normanton Church at Rutland Water. 
Our parks colleagues have worked hard to adapt to ever-changing circumstances during the pandemic, recognising the parks’ importance as a vital green lung for communities. It’s been a challenging year for the team.  

They’ve worked incredibly hard to keep the parks and their facilities open whenever it has been safe to do so, recognising that these beautiful green spaces are a source of wellbeing for our local communities, and adapting spaces and services to make them Covid-safe.  

The parks have hosted a number of Covid-safe weddings, with great feedback from the families.  

Jake Williams, Head of Parks and Conservation, said: “Everyone has mucked in, often stepping outside their usual roles and responsibilities to deliver a great service to our customers. I’m grateful to the whole team for their smiles and effort during a very challenging year.” 

Read about Anglian Water’s five-point Community Recovery Plan