The Green Flag Awards, which shine a light on the UK’s very best parks and green spaces, have been announced today (Monday 16 July) with Colchester Borough Council scooping the national accolade for Castle Park, High Woods Country Park and Colchester Cemetery and Crematorium.
The three outdoor spaces are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that will 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 the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Cllr Tina Bourne, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, said “Congratulations to all the members of our Parks and Open Spaces teams whose hard work and dedication to ensure our parks are welcoming, well maintained and safe, have helped secure these national awards for the borough’s much-loved green spaces.
“Credit must also go to the many volunteers who help us keep these wonderful spaces clean and green. We will continue to work hard to manage these wonderful outdoor spaces to the highest standards both for a nature and wildlife and to encourage even more visitors to enjoy these quality green spaces we are so lucky to have on our doorsteps.”
Castle Park, which has a vision to be the jewel in the crown of Colchester 's Parks and Open Spaces, 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: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.” “Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”