Cheltenham parks ranked as several of the best in Britain

Published on 25th July 2014

mass of grass and wild flowers including poppies, daisies and cornflowers

Hatherley Park, Naunton Park, Springfields Park and Montpellier Gardens have again been given the green flag award from Keep Britain Tidy.

The green spaces are among a record breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces that will receive a prestigious green flag award.

The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Adam Reynolds, green space development manager said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive a green flag award for the four parks and gardens from Keep Britain Tidy. This award recognises the highlights that people in Cheltenham are benefiting from a green space of the very highest quality.”

Paul Todd, Keep Britain Tidy’s green flag scheme manager added: “We are delighted to announce yet another record breaking year for the green flag award parks and green spaces.”

“A green flag award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.”

Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment thought the award was deserved considering all the hard work council officers and volunteer friends groups have put in to the parks: “It’s great to see the parks get the national recognition they deserve.”

“I would like to thank officers and especially dedicated volunteer groups that have worked so hard through litter picks and planting, making the parks a place for all to enjoy. To win four awards for parks that are located across the town is a real achievement for the council. This is also a fantastic example of the council working in partnership with residents to achieve great results that benefit us all.

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For press enquiries, contact: Tom Wheatly, commissioning assistant, tel: 01242 775192 or email: tom.wheatly@www.cheltenham.gov.uk

Notes To Editors

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. We are run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit www.keepbritaintidy.org.

Keep Britain Tidy run the Green Flag Award scheme in the UK on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government. It is run in partnership with Keep Wales Tidy, Tidy Northern Ireland, Keep Scotland Beautiful, the National Housing Federation and the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.

Any green space that is accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award. Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status. A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.  

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