The Outdoor Recreation Team manages over 140 parks, play areas, recreation grounds and country parks. We work with local communities and consult widely in order to manage these sites for people, landscape and wildlife. We are always looking for opportunities to improve their potential for play and quiet recreation whilst also aiming to improve habitats, protect wildlife and preserve and enhance Shropshire’s landscape.
Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge
A national campaign has been launched asking any landowner to consider their fields becoming QEII dedicated. As a landowner Shropshire Council is supporting this project and has nominated a number of its own sites and supported the nomination of many other sites around the County. If you would like to find out more go to the webpage using the link on this page.
There is a link on this page to a map showing where all of our sites are. You can take a look at an area that interests you or carry out a search to find your nearest park or countryside site.
From local play areas to large country parks like Severn Valley Country Park and The Mere at Ellesmere, parks are a fantastic place to have fun, exercise, meet friends, get close to nature or relax and watch the world go by. What’s more, parks are free to use and are open every day of the year.
To see a list of play spaces managed by Shropshire Council click on the link on this page.
Accessible Countryside Sites
If you have a disability or other difficulties with access, such as needing to use a push chair, you might like to take a look at our webpage 'Accessible Countryside Sites'. There is a link on this page.
The Green Flag Award
We aim to manage all of our parks and countryside sites to the Green Flag Award standard. This is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.
Three of our parks have achieved this prestigious award. Severn Valley Country Park, in Alveley, was the first Green Flag Award park in Shropshire and has held the standard since 2004. New England, near Highley, achieved the award in 2008 and has also been awarded the Green Heritage Award in recognition of its heritage conservation and interpretation. Colemere is our most recent site to achieve the standard and was awarded Green Flag status in 2009.
Find out more about our larger and more significant sites and parks by following the links on this page. If you cannot find the place you are interested in amongst this list then please contact us for more information. Some parks and play areas are managed by Town and Parish Councils.
For opportunities to explore the wider countryside you may like to find out more about Open Access Land via the link on this page.