Green Flags flying high over Wychavon’s parks

Green Flags are flying proudly over Wychavon's parks after they were once again recognised as amongst the country's best.

All five of Wychavon's parks - Abbey Park and Workman/Waterside Gardens in Evesham, Vines Park and Lido Park/St Peters Fields in Droitwich Spa, and Abbey Park in Pershore – have retained their Green Flag Award status, which is an international sign of quality for parks and open spaces.

Droitwich Community Woods, which Wychavon manages along with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, has also received the award for the third year in a row. They join more than 2,200 winners across the UK.

Abbey Park in Evesham has now won the award 17 years running, since first being entered in 2005. All five parks have now had Green Flag status for 10 years.

In another boost for Wychavon's parks, Abbey Park in Evesham and Lido Park in Droitwich have also been put forward for the Fields in Trust's UK's Favourite Parks competition. Residents can visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/parks to cast their vote and help their favourite park take the title. Voting closes on 18 August 2022.

Cllr Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Resident and Customer Services on Wychavon District Council, said: "We know how much people value our green spaces, that's why we continue to invest in them year-on-year. To retain our Green Flag status again, and see the judges scores improve again, is a result of the hard work and commitment of our parks team and contractors Continental Landscapes and Smart Cut."

The Green Flag awards are run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognise well-managed parks, and green spaces. A Green Flag is valid for one year only, and if a park/green space is to maintain its status it must re-apply annually.

Paul Todd, Keep Britain Tidy's Accreditation Manager said: "Wychavon's parks and Droitwich Community Woods are vital green spaces for the community. This award is testament to all the hard work of staff and others, who do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award."

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