Parks volunteers Caroline and Graham Groom, Councillor Mark Roper, parks staff and volunteers celebrate at Hedgemead Park.
All of those volunteers who work beside council officials to help manage our city ‘lungs’ can be proud of what they do with the announcement that six of Bath’s parks and green spaces are set to fly the flag for excellence in national awards announced today.
Alexandra Park, Bloomfield Green, Henrietta Park, Hedgemead Park and Royal Victoria Park have all retained a coveted Green Flag award as a mark of recognition for being among the country’s best parks.
Haycombe Cemetery, also run by Bath & North East Somerset Council, has achieved its first award since 2015 for its green spaces.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Councillor Mark Roper, cabinet assistant for Neighbourhood Services, said: “I’m delighted to hear the announcement of these six Green Flags for Bath, which recognise that residents are working alongside the council to improve our green spaces. Thank you to all the volunteer groups and Friends groups who do trojan work in maintaining our parks, helping to increase biodiversity as well as the quality of our public spaces.
You can find a Friends of Parks group here: https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/find-friends-parks-group
A full list of Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces is available here
Eco-Schools, Love Parks, 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, its campaigns and programmes visit www.keepbritaintidy.org.
Any green space that is freely 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 Award 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.