Montpellier Gardens and Springfields Park have been recognised as some of the UK’s very best green spaces

Published on 16th July 2019

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Today, a record number of parks and green spaces collect a Green Flag Award including Montpellier Gardens and Springfields Park

Montpellier Gardens and Springfields Park in Cheltenham have recently been judged and recognised by the Green Flag Award scheme as some of the very best in the world. Montpellier Gardens and Springfields Park join four other Cheltenham parks (Pittville Park, Hatherley Park, Naunton Park and Winston Churchill Memorial Gardens) who are awarded this recognition in the south west of England.

The six Cheltenham parks are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award, the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that these two parks boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.

Councillor Chris Coleman, Cabinet member for clean and green said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the Green Flag Awards for Montpellier Gardens and Springfields Park for the 12th and 8th year respectively.”

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Montpellier Gardens and Springfields Park to such high standards.”

Adam Reynolds, green space manager said: “This prestigious award is testimony to the hard work and dedication shown by the Council’s partners, particularly its Friends Of groups and Ubico.

"Pittville Park has also received the much coveted additional Green Heritage Site accreditation for the management of the historic features.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.”

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”


For media enquiries contact communications@cheltenham.gov.uk or call 01242 264 332

Notes to Editors

For more information on Cheltenham’s parks and opens spaces visit https://www.cheltenham.gov.uk/info/33/parks_and_open_spaces

The Green Flag awards scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

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

Any green space that is freely 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 Award 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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