Four council parks across Gedling borough have won the prestigious awards which recognise the best parks and green spaces across the country.
Gedling Country Park, Arnot Hill Park, Burton Road Jubilee Park and for the first time, Bestwood Country Park joined a record number of parks and green spaces collecting a Green Flag Award.
Arnot Hill Park retains the award for the 14th consecutive year, Gedling Country Park for the 5th year in a row, Burton Road Jubilee received the award for the sixth time and Bestwood Country Park has received the award for the first time since the management of the park was taken over by Gedling Borough Council.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.
The four parks in Gedling Borough join over 2,000 sites across the country in collecting the award for 2020.
Councillor Peter Barnes, Portfolio Holder for Environment said: “We take enormous pride in our green spaces, parks and play areas and we know these are incredibly important for our residents and communities.
“A key priority for us is to enhance these areas, and to get recognition with four Green Flag Awards this year just goes to show that all our hard work is paying off. I’d like to thank our staff for doing such a fantastic job taking care and managing our parks, and to our residents for supporting us and using these great assets that we are able to enjoy all across our borough.”
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council said; “It’s fantastic news that so many of our county’s parks and green spaces have been awarded a Green Flag! The accolade is testament to the hard work the teams and volunteer groups who look after these special places put in.
“The County Council and Gedling Borough Council own Bestwood Country Park. The park houses the Winding Engine House which is a wonderful example of the county’s industrial heritage, the Green Flag status is now another reason to explore the 650 acres of beautiful landscape and wildlife.”
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 record numbers of visitors, Gedling Borough Council has achieved the highest international standards for four of their parks, demanded by the Green Flag Award.”