Wellington parks are among the very best in the UK – and that’s official. Wellington Park and Swain’s Lane Nature Reserve have both been awarded Green Flags, the mark of a quality park or green space. Swain’s Lane Nature Reserve receives a Community Award as a site managed by a voluntary group.
The two parks are among a record-breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces to receive the prestigious award which 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.
Taunton Deane Councillor Catherine Herbert, who holds the parks, sports and leisure portfolio, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive Green Flag Awards yet again from Keep Britain Tidy. “This Award recognises and highlights that people in Taunton Deane are benefiting from green spaces of the very highest quality. As always, we are hugely grateful for the hard work and commitment shown by volunteers and Friends groups who do so much on behalf of the community.
“We are rightly proud of our parks and it’s great that they are recognised year after year as some of the very best in the country.”
Both Vivary Park and French Weir in Taunton also received Green Flags.
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. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. 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.