Wellington Park’s outstanding quality has been recognised with a national Green Flag Award, a sign to visitors that a park is well-maintained and well-managed, with excellent facilities. Watch residents’ views on video
And Swains Lane Nature Reserve in Wellington has again gained the Community Award and a Green Pennant after winning it for the third year in succession.
Across the UK only 1,424 parks and green spaces will fly either the Green Flag or Community Award out of many thousands. It’s a sign that the value of green space is widely acknowledged as vital to our communities.
Cllr Catherine Herbert, who holds the district council’s Sports, Parks and Leisure portfolio, said: “We are incredibly lucky in Taunton Deane to have such wonderful parks and green spaces. It is down to the hard work of our own staff and unwavering support from the many Friends and community groups that our parks have been recognised yet again.”
Wllington mayor Vivienne Stock-Williams said: ” These spaces – green oases – are valued by so many in our community. I should like tocongratulate all those, both in Taunton’s Parks Department and local residents, who take a special pride in these areas. They have worked hard throughout the year to keep the park and our local nature reserve at a high standard and ensure they are pleasant and enjoyable spaces for the whole community.”
Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said: “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces. A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the achievements of all those whose hard work and dedication has helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.
“I must also thank all this year’s 800+ volunteer judges for their magnificent efforts in assessing an astounding number of applications.”
- The Green Flag Award Scheme is managed in the UK by a consortium, comprising Keep Britain Tidy, The Conservation Volunteers and GreenSpace. Known collectively as the Green Flag Plus Partnership, the consortium manages the scheme in England on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government and in Wales for the Welsh Steering Group.
- Green Flag Award recognises well-managed, high-quality green spaces. Any green space in the UK is eligible to win this award providing it is freely accessible to the public. Previous winners include parks managed by local authorities as well as those run by community groups and trusts. The scheme was set up in 1996.
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