Plymouth’s Central Park has been awarded a prestigious Green Flag.
The Green Flag Award scheme is a national body that recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces.
Devonport Park, Tothill Park, Ham Woods, West Hoe Park, The Hoe and Freedom Fields have previously been bestowed with the honour and have again retained with Green Flag status.
Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for Street Scene and the Environment, said: “Central Park is Plymouth’s premier green space so it is fitting that it has Britain’s premier award.
“Central Park has got a very exciting future. With a new café, sports hub and tennis courts nearing completion, Green Flag status is yet another string to the bow.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers, not just at Central Park, but at our other Green Flag green spaces, without whose commitment and hardwork this would not have been possible.”
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.”
The Green Flag scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country. It is also seen as a way of encouraging others to achieve the same high environmental standards and creates a benchmark of excellence in green spaces.
To meet the Green Flag Award standard the judges are looking for green spaces to be healthy welcoming places that are safe and secure, clean, well-maintained and sustainable. The management of the green space must involve the community, pay attention to conservation and heritage and include marketing of the site.
Central Park will be hosting the flagship event of the Plymouth Parks Matter campaign on Saturday 27 July.
Celebrating the opening of the new Central Park Café, community hub and tennis courts, activities will include games, bouncy castle, music, dance, face painting and more. Try out Zumba, Pilates and yoga as well as tennis, football and more.
Find out more: www.greenflagaward.org.uk