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Six parks in Buckinghamshire retain their Green Flag Awards

| October 20, 2021

Six parks in Buckinghamshire have retained their Green Flag Awards.

The six award winning parks are:

  • The Rye and Hughenden Park in High Wycombe.
  • Higginson Park in Marlow.
  • Vale Park and Bedgrove Park in Aylesbury.
  • Heartlands in Buckingham.

Now in its 25th year, the Green Flag award scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The award stands as an internationally recognised quality marker. Strict judging criteria is used to assess if a park or green space is worthy of being awarded a Green Flag. The judging panel considers a range of areas including:

  • A welcoming place
  • Healthy, safe and secure
  • Well maintained and clean
  • Environmental management
  • Biodiversity, landscape and heritage
  • Community involvement
  • Marketing and communication
  • Overall management

The six parks in Buckinghamshire were amongst 2127 parks and green spaces to win a coveted Green Flag Award in 2021.

Speaking after the announcement, Clive Harriss, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure at Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘Parks and open spaces have always been significant but over the past 18 months in particular, we have come to truly appreciate their importance for both our mental and physical health.

The pandemic has helped us appreciate how vital it is to have access to outside areas to enjoy some leisure time and exercise and appreciate the joy of our natural environment.

I am delighted that we have retained our Green Flag awards and would like to thank all our council staff as well as the many voluntary groups and individuals who support their local parks, for their hard work in helping to keep them in such good condition for the whole community to enjoy.

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, said: ‘As Green Flag Award celebrates 25 years of raising the standard, Keep Britain Tidy is delighted to be the custodian of a scheme that does so much to ensure our parks and green spaces go from strength to strength.

At a time when parks have been at the heart of every community across the country it is perhaps not surprising that 95% of the public thinks that their local parks and green spaces need to be protected.

This is why the Green Flag Award is so important. It ensures that parks and green spaces are managed to the highest standards and are safe and accessible for everyone to enjoy and we look forward to the next 25 years.

Further information on parks and green spaces that are managed and maintained by Buckinghamshire Council can be found on the Buckinghamshire Council website.

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.

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