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Archive phots of the Country Park as a working quarry 18th Nov 2013

We have recently acquired a set of 18 b&w photos taken when the Park was a working quarry. As a first step, these have been added to the Gallery on this website. We plan to use them to create an informative feature. If you have any information or photos of 'Harrold Pit' and its impact on the local area, please email them to

Daffodil Tribute to Trevor Smith30th Sept 2013

Friends of the Park today planted 3,000 wild daffodil bulbs in memory of Trevor Smith who died in August. The idea came from Trevor who had suggested it to the Friends' Committee earlier in the year. (See People in the Park for a tribute to Trevor by Janet Munro).

Last respects paid to Trevor Smith 29th Aug 2013

Family and friends paid their last respects to Trevor today. The service held in Bedford Crematorium reflected his love of life, of people and the countryside. A large congregation heard of his rich and varied life and of his love of Harrold-Odell Country Park. Friends exchanged stories of Trevor at a Wake held later in the Park. It was a fitting farewell to our friend.

Bird Hide - Public Appeal (Friends Newsletter 15 - Summer 2012)

Bird Hide

The Friends of Harrold-Odell Country Park are working with Bedford Borough Council to replace this burnt out shell of the former bird hide with a fine new hide and educational facility. The estimated cost is £15,000 of which £10,000 has already been found from the Borough, The Friends and from donations. We are now looking to make up the balance of £5,000 from further donations.

The new Bird Hide (Friends Newsletter 16 - Autumn 2012)

Bird Hide

The old hide was burnt down through vandalism in the spring and the new hide was opened to the public at the end of September: a remarkable achievement by any standard that was achieved as a result of a funding partnership between Bedford Borough Council, The Friends of HOCP and visitors to the Park. Thank you to all concerned for your generosity and support. Thanks also to Peter Hall for building the hide out of local oak to such a high standard. In time, it will blend in with the landscape and provide visitors with a valuable facility for years to come. The new hide is larger than the original and is better equipped for people with disabilities. The next step is to equip it with display cases that will provide interpretive information for visitors.

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Autumn 2014 (issue 24)

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Autumn 2013 (issue 20)

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March 2013 (issue 17)

November 2012 (issue 16)

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