Flying the Green Flag for local parks.

Bath’s Royal Victoria Park, Bloomfield Green and Henrietta Park, have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme, as some of the very best parks in the world. The accolade also applies to the Memorial Park at Keynsham.

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Autumn sunshine through the trees at Royal Victoria Park – laid out by Edward Davis in 1829.

They are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining all our winners to such a high standard.

“Keynsham Memorial Park and Royal Victoria Park are both destination parks that have won their Green Flags many times before and we are proud that, once again, the standard of these parks has been acknowledged by external judges.

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Water and spectacular plantings at Henrietta Park.

“For Bloomfield Green, this is their second year of recognition in the City Green category.  For Henrietta Park this was their first year of application and both awards show how a dedicated Friends Group working with the Council has helped to fulfil more community expectations and to raise the standard of each green space.”

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.

“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

For Your Information:

The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We campaign for quality parks and green spaces for everyone, inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. We are 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.

Any green space that is accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award.  Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status.  A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site Accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.