Prestigious Green Flag Awarded to Seven of the Cities Parks
Brighton and Hove’s council can once again celebrate containing some of the finest parks in the country, as seven parks across the city being have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award.
The chosen seven parks are: Preston Park, Easthill Park, St Ann’s Wells Gardens, Stoneham Park, Hove Park, Kipling Gardens and The Level and all will be flying the Green Flag this summer!
The environmental charity titled ‘Keep Britain Tidy’, distribute theses flags to UK parks and green spaces as a recognition of excellence. In doing so, the charity aims to set the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd explains: “Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
To be rewarded with this accolade, judges select parks that meet certain criteria and maintain high standards in all areas. Requirements include: being well maintained and having excellent facilities, meeting the publics health, safety and security needs, and having a positive impact on the environment, wildlife and the local community.
Impressively in our city, all of the aforementioned parks flying the Green Flag this summer have previously done so and on multiple occasions. Moreover, this is St Ann’s Wells 18th year and Preston Parks 18th consecutive year receiving this award – an award which was first handed out only 21 years ago in 1997.
Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s environment , transport and sustainability committee, commented: “We know how much quality parks and green spaces matter to residents and visitors, so it’s fantastic news that we will once again be flying seven Green Flags in parks in Brighton, Hove, Portslade and Rottingdean – a real city-wide success story.”
Mitchell concludes: “It’s a fitting tribute to our dedicated staff, friends groups and volunteers who work tirelessly to make sure that the quality is maintained and our parks and gardens are a pleasure to visit all year round.”