September 19 2014 Latest news:
Monday, July 28, 2014
East Anglia has some of the finest parks and green spaces in the country, according to environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
Today, 123 parks across the east of England are flying a Green Flag Award with pride after being judged to be some of the best parks in Britain, some of which are in Norfolk, east Cambridgeshire and north Suffolk.
First-time winners include Eaton Park in Norwich and Ely Country Park.
Nationally, a record 1,476 parks, cemeteries, university campuses and shopping centres across the UK will be displaying their Green Flag Award, showing the public that they are well-managed, high-quality green spaces.
Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s another record-breaking year for the scheme.
The Esplanade Gardens and Green, Hunstanton; Boston Square Sensory Garden, Hunstanton; The Tower Gardens, King’s Lynn; The Walks, King’s Lynn; Diss Park; Ely Country Park; Jubilee Gardens, Ely; St Peters Church Gardens, Wisbech; Wisbech Park; Holt Country Park; Pretty Corner Woods, Sheringham; Sadler’s Wood, North Walsham; Eaton Park, Norwich; Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad and Norwich Cathedral Herb Garden.
“This is something well worth celebrating and testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, supported by some amazing volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.
“The parks sector is facing some tough challenges so it is heartening to see that they are committed to maintaining and improving standards.”
“We know how passionate people are about our parks and green spaces and the recent Heritage Lottery Fund report, State of UK Public Parks, highlighted the need for everyone to work together to ensure they are maintained for future generations.”
The Green Flag Awards are judged every year by a team of 700 volunteer judges who visit applicant sites and assess them against eight separate criteria, including cleanliness, sustainability and conservation.
The launch of the awards coincides with this year’s Love Parks Week, also run by Keep Britain Tidy, when thousands of people up and down the country are celebrating the fantastic parks and green spaces we have in this country.
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