Green Flag Award for Victoria Park

Victoria Park has once again been awarded ‘Green Flag’ status for 2020/2021, recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world. The Town Council received the Award for ‘The Jewel in Newbury’s Crown’ as Victoria Park is known for the first time in 2019 and have worked hard to retain the high standard required.

The prestigious Green Flag Award is the recognised mark of a quality park or green space and demonstrates to the public that the Park boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council said, “We are delighted that we have been able to retain the green Flag award for Victoria Park. This is the result of a great deal of hard work by Council staff, especially our Grounds Maintenance Officer, James Heasman, our Community Services Manager, David ingram and our landscaping contractors, Continental Ltd. During this difficult year, Victoria Park has been an outdoor haven throughout the seasons and residents coping with lockdown restrictions have been able to continue to enjoy the Park and all it has to offer.

We are absolutely delighted to retain this award, which was an objective of the Town Council Strategy. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, particularly in these uncertain times. This award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining the Park to such a high standard”.

Cllr Olivia Lewis, Chairperson of the Council’s Community Services Committee, said, “We are tremendously proud of Victoria Park and there have been a number of improvements to the Park over the last few years including LTA standard tennis courts with flood lighting, a Splash Park, new play equipment, the newly refurbished bowling green and the re-planting of the rose beds.

We are excited for the future, and we have just applied for planning permission for for a new Community Café in the Park, which will further enhance the value of the park to all of our residents and visitors.”.

Commenting on Victoria Park’s success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.

“It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with large numbers of people visiting, Victoria Park has achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

Notes to Editors

The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in partnership in the UK with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. The scheme also operates in an additional 14 countries including Portugal, New Zealand and USA.

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We set the standard for the management of parks and beaches, inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. We run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit www.keepbritaintidy.org.

Photo: Bandstand with Green Flag from l – r – James Heasman, NTC Grounds Maintenance Officer, Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council and Cllr Jon Gage, Chair of the Green Spaces Working Group.

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