Ipswich Borough Council is celebrating today (Monday 25th) after two of its parks have been awarded Green Flags.
The flags will be flying in Christchurch Park, with its fourth coveted national award, and first-time winner Holywells Park.
Green Flags recognise the best parks in the country and applicants had to demonstrate an excellent use of green space, well-maintained facilities and high standard of safety and security.
Councillor Byrony Rudkin, Culture portfolio-holder, said: “This is a fantastic result and shows that we have some beautiful and well-run parks. But it also shows the hard work put in by the friends groups of both parks and by our dedicated staff. I thank them all for their efforts and for this achievement.”
Phil Barton, Green Flag Plus Partnership chairman said: “I would like to congratulate this year’s winners, who have worked hard throughout the year to keep their parks and green spaces at a high standard and ensure they are pleasant and enjoyable spaces for the whole community. The Green Flag Award Scheme, and its growth, is essential in driving up the standards of our parks and green spaces. Access to quality green space is something we all desire and the scheme plays a key role in providing it.”
The Green Flag scheme is run by the Green Flag Plus Partnership, which consists of environmental charities Keep Britain Tidy, BTCV and GreenSpace.