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Diss Town Council Maintenance Manager Robert Ludkin, Town Clerk Deborah Sarson, Mayor of Diss Graham Minshall and the Chair of South Norfolk Council Bob McClenning with school children at the raising of the Green Flag in the town's park
By dominic bareham
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Two Norfolk towns are flying the flag for the county after receiving a prestigious benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.
Diss Park in Diss and Boston Square Sensory Garden in Hunstanton have received the Keep Britain Tidy Green Flag Award, which recognises how welcoming, safe, clean and sustainable they are, as well as conservation and community involvement, facilities available for children and what events take place in the area.
In Diss, the Green Flag was hoisted yesterday at a ceremony attended by the town’s mayor Graham Minshull, town councillor Keith Kiddie, town clerk Deborah Sarson and South Norfolk Council chairman Bob McClenning.
Children from Diss Junior School were also present for the flag unveiling.
Mr Minshull spoke about how achieving Green Flag status had been an aspiration for the town council for the last 10 years, but the council wanted to make sure all the right facilities were in place to ensure the best chance of receiving the accolade.
Mr Minshull said: “This year, we have got the right equipment and to be successful first time is a fantastic achievement and it has been a real team effort.”
Following his speech, he described the ground staff as the unsung heroes of Diss for maintaining a larger portfolio of land than staff at many other councils.
He believed the award would help bring more tourists to the town, adding: “It says to people if you want to come to Diss we have got quality open spaces for you to enjoy, which are always kept clean and tidy.”