Five popular parks in Wychavon have been recognised once again by the prestigious Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the best in the United Kingdom.
Abbey Park and Workman Gardens in Evesham, Vines Park and Lido Park in Droitwich Spa, and Abbey Park in Pershore have all received Green Flag status.
The international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the greenspace boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
The Wychavon parks are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award– the mark of a quality park or green space.
Applying for the first time in 2005, Wychavon were successful with a Green Flag for Abbey Park in Evesham and have kept the award for this park every year since.
This was followed two years later by Workman Gardens in Evesham, next was Abbey Park in Pershore, then Lido Park in Droitwich Spa. Finally in 2013/14 Vines Park, Droitwich Spa was added and for the last seven years the council has retained the Green Flag Award for all five main parks.Councillor Emma Stokes, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Recycling and Street Scene at Wychavon District Council, said:
"Once again it is an honour to receive the Green Flag Awards for our five beautiful parks. It is not an easy task to retain the awards year-on-year but it has been possible thanks to the hard work of Wychavon and our contractors- Continental Landscapes Limited. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors and we know our residents, like us, value our parks and open spaces."
Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, 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."
Pictured: Emily Jeavons, Parks and Greenspace Officer, Cllr Emma Stokes, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Recycling and Street Scene, Jayne O'Connor and Hilary Lanigan, Parks and Greenspace Officers and Dave Curtis from Continental Landscapes Limited.