FIVE of Coventry’s parks have been recognised as among the best in the UK by winning Green Flag awards.
The War Memorial Park, Longford Park, Caludon Castle Park, Allesley Park and Coombe Country Park are among a record 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that have received the prestigious prize – a recognised mark of quality.
This international award is now in its third decade.
It is awarded to parks and green spaces that demonstrate the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.
The scheme also encourages other parks and green spaces to raise their standards to be among the best.
Cllr Kamran Caan, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive five Green Flag Awards for the sixth year running.
“We know how much quality green spaces matter to our residents, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Coventry’s parks to such a high standard.”
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.
“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”
The scheme’s key aims are:
To ensure that everybody has access to quality green and other open spaces, irrespective of where they live.
To ensure that these spaces are appropriately managed and meet the needs of the communities that they serve.
To establish standards of good management.
To promote and share good practice amongst the green space sector.
To recognise and reward the hard work of managers, staff and volunteers.