Become a Friend


Why become a Friend or volunteer?
Most people join us in order to work as a volunteer helping with the management and conservation of the Park. The Park staff (Wardens) identify the tasks to be done and Bedford Borough the insurance cover. We supply the safety equipment and training where necessary. There’s always work to be done in the open where you can enjoy good company and the satisfaction of a job well done.

You can come to one of the monthly Task Days if you would like to sample what it’s like to be a volunteer. Alternatively you may want to come when most of the other volunteers are in the Park, on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

There are also behind the scenes opportunities for those who would like to help with adding material to the website, helping prepare materials for visitors, helping with events or joining the Friends Committee which identifies new projects and allocates money.

Membership is free and keeps you informed about activities and developments in the Park.
To become a Friend, download and complete a Registration Form or collect a copy from the Park Office.

Opening Hours

The Park is open to visitors 365 days a year. This also applies to the main car park but not to the overspill car park which closes at 5:00pm each day.

For details of the Dragonfly café opening hours, please click here.

The Park is owned and managed by Bedford Borough CouncilThe Friends of Harrold-Odell Country Park work in partnership with Council staff and run this web site.

Emergencies should be reported to the staff or direct to the appropriate emergency service.

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