Felixstowe Seafront Gardens is one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.
The Gardens is among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space. The gardens have also been given Green Heritage site accreditation for its interpretation of the historic features and standards of conservation.
The award, now celebrating its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
The seafront gardens have recently been transformed thanks to a £4.8million project, paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Suffolk Coastal District Council, to restore the site to its former glory and provide a fantastic regenerated and revitalised attraction for tourists and residents alike. The judges commented that the gardens, infrastructure and signage were all to a very high standard and particular praise was given to the partnership working.
Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Suffolk Coastal’s cabinet member for customers, communities and leisure, said: “The restored gardens are the jewel in the crown of a vibrant Felixstowe seafront and we are absolutely delighted that it has been recognised. Particular congratulations should go to the Friends of the Felixstowe Seafront Gardens and Suffolk Coastal Norse for all their continued hard work. “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award which recognises and highlights that people in Felixstowe are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.
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, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards.
“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”