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One of the first big surprises awaiting newcomers is the sheer amount of greenery in and around the town. It’s a little-known fact that Luton is home to several nationally significant sites of special scientific interest, such as areas of Bronze Age grassland and wildlife sites with an illustrious range of wildflowers and butterflies. Plus, as well as being situated within the breathtaking North Chilterns area of outstanding natural beauty, the town itself houses seven landscaped parks. So it’s easy to lose yourself in natural splendour.

With around 600 hectares of parks and public open space, there’s plenty of opportunity to relax. The nationally renowned Stockwood Park alone features period gardens, a leading crafts museum, stable complex and extensive golfing facilities; and Wardown Park, on the River Lea and at the heart of the town, offers everything from sporting facilities to a museum, gallery and formal gardens.

That said, it’s by venturing out a few miles that you’ll discover the true delights of the surrounding countryside. Nestling among the gently rolling hills and downs are unspoilt villages and places of national interest such as Woburn Abbey and Whipsnade Wild Animal Kingdom. All of which makes Luton an ideal place to get closer to nature, without ever straying far from the town.

   
 
 
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