Cheltenham parks fly the green flag

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Cheltenham parks fly the green flag

Hatherley Park and Naunton Park have each been re-awarded a prestigious Green Flag Award. The Green Flag Award is given annually to parks that have reached a national standard for parks and open spaces. Hatherley has been awarded Green Flag status for the third year running and Naunton Park for the second successive year. The scheme is managed by the Civic Trust on behalf of the department for communities and local government.

Parks entered for the award are judged independently each summer and must meet strict criteria under eight categories: a feeling of welcome, health and safety, maintenance, sustainability, conservation and heritage, community involvement, marketing and management. The scheme is open to any parks or green spaces freely accessible to the public, ranging from allotments, nature reserves and crematoriums to large country parks hosting major events.

Cllr Chris Ryder, cabinet member for environment, said: "We're lucky in Cheltenham to have so many parks and open spaces which bring many groups of the community together. These two awards celebrate the value of our parks, as a place to go and relax, play and exercise. Naunton and Hatherley friends groups, along with our council staff have worked in partnership, particularly these last few years to increase the awareness of Biodiversity within these parks, sowing swathes of wild flowers and scented lavender to attract birds and insects, regenerating tired areas. These awards are a fantastic achievement for everyone involved, it's great for the town."

Lorna Robson, chairperson for Friends of Hatherley Park said: "I am thrilled that Hatherley Park will be flying the Green Flag for the third year running. The Green Environment team has worked extremely hard to maintain the very high standard and their efforts are appreciated by everyone. The park is always well used and the wildflower border and small pond have had one of there best years yet."

Meyrick Brentnall, chairperson for the Friends of Naunton Park said: "We are naturally really pleased to be awarded for the second time. Our thanks go to the council, members of the Friends Group and most importantly the people who use the park, for looking after it and enjoying what is a wonderful local resource."

Posted : 09/10/2007 12:12:47

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