Cheltenham is flying the flag for the UK’s very best green spaces

Published on 25th August 2017

View over the lake at Hatherley Park

Pittville Park, Naunton Park, Hatherley Park, Montpellier Gardens and Springfield Park have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.

The parks are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces which have received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

Pittville Park has also retained its Green Heritage Award.

These international awards, now into their third decade, are a sign to the public that the spaces boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.

Janice Payne, community ranger for Cheltenham Borough Council, says: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award once again for so many of our green spaces and to have retained our Green Heritage Award for Pittville Park.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining these beautiful areas to such a high standard.’’

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.

“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”


For press enquiries, contact: Katie Sandey, communications and web team leader, on 01242 775037, communications@cheltenham.gov.uk

Notes to Editors:

The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We campaign for quality parks and green spaces for everyone, 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.

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. 

Each green space is judged under eight main headings: 

  • A welcoming place
  • Healthy, safe and secure
  • Well maintained and clean
  • Sustainability
  • Conservation and heritage
  • Community involvement
  • Marketing
  • Management

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