The country park is only young and was designated in 2002 when South Somerset District Council established ownership. The country park is in a unique position, sited only 5 minutes walk from the bustling town centre and offers open access green space to residents and visitors.
The Country Park is comprised of five main areas all of which have very different characteristics and land features. The landscape varies from Ninesprings which is the most heavily used and accessible section with its network of footpaths and waterways to the Riverside walk which gives the feeling of being away from the hustle and bustle of town as you stroll through woodland following the path of the River Yeo.
Yeovil Country Park received Country Park accreditation from Natural England in 2009. Natural England believes that everyone should have access to good quality natural green space near to where they live. This provides a broad range of benefits to people and the quality of their lives, covering all the ecosystem services we depend on.
Natural England expects that, “People will have places to access and enjoy a high quality natural environment”. This is often more achievable in urban communities than in rural communities, particularly in lowland agricultural England where there is often poor access to quality green space.
The Green Flag Award Scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country. Yeovil Country Park entered the Green Flag Award Scheme in 2005 and has been awarded Green Flag status every year since due to its high standard of maintenance and community engagement.