The prestigious Green Flags will continue to fly proudly over The Rye in High Wycombe and Higginson Park in Marlow for another year after they were named among the best open spaces in the UK.
The International Green Flag Award judges have ruled that the two parks, both managed by Wycombe District Council, boast the highest possible standards are beautifully maintained and provide excellent facilities to visitors.
It is the fourth consecutive year that the prestigious award has been bestowed on The Rye in High Wycombe and comes following recent improvements including the upgrading of the cycle path surface behind The Dyke, the planting of the annual meadow and the installation of owl boxes.
It will be the twelfth successive year that Higginson Park will fly the Green Flag. The park has also seen owl boxes installed and the annual meadow planted by the popular skate park in recent weeks.
Cllr Julia Adey, Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet member for Community, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to once again receive a Green Flag Award for two of our major parks from Keep Britain Tidy.
This award recognises that people in High Wycombe and Marlow are benefiting from green spaces of the highest quality.
It also highlights the excellent and hard work this council, our contractors Quadron and John O’Conner put in to maintaining the high standards in our open spaces and parks.‘
The Green Flag Awards come just weeks after a council survey of park users revealed 98% of people asked said the two open spaces and Hughenden Park were either very good or good, with 96% saying they felt safe during their visit.
Residents praised the way the parks were maintained by the council, the access the open spaces provide to the River Thames and the River Wye, and that all three parks were good for children.
The Rye in High Wycombe and Marlow’s Higginson Park are among 1,582 parks around the country to fly the Green Flag this year.
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 who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.‘
A full list of Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award winners is available here.
The Green Flag Awards Scheme 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.
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.