Victoria Park has been 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, at the Annual Awards Ceremony in London on 17 July.
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 absolutely delighted to receive this award, which was an objective of the Town Council Strategy. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining the Park to such a high standard”.
He continued, “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, 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, with plans for a new Community Café coming to fruition in 2020”.
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said, “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners. Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”