THREE Thurrock parks can once again proudly fly the Green Flag, highlighting they are among the best in the country.
When the Green Flag awards were announced last week, Langdon Hills, Grays Beach and Coalhouse Fort were among them for the second year running.
Cllr Val Morris-Cook, Thurrock Council’s environment portfolio holder, said: “It’s fantastic news that three of our parks have been recognised in this way, showing they are well-maintained and well-managed, with excellent facilities.
“When I visited Coalhouse and Grays Beach on Monday to congratulate everyone involved it was really brought home to me again, how good our parks are.
“Grays Beach — with its sandpit, play areas and fountains — was heaving with dozens if not hundreds of families enjoying the sunshine.
“Coalhouse, at the other end of the spectrum, was busy, but tranquil. Its views over the river are wonderful and calming.
“And all this for free too! Nobody has to pay and everyone can have fun. What could be better.”
She added: “We must remember that this would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our parks staff and all the volunteers, working all out behind the scenes. My thanks and congratulations go to them all.”
Langdon Hills celebrated on Saturday (30 July) with a Zorbing and inflatables experience.
Announcing the awards, Green Flag Plus Partnership chairman Phil Barton said: “The importance of good-quality green spaces cannot be overestimated. They are central to the growth of our communities, both socially and economically.
“In these challenging financial times it is heartening that the number of Green Flag and Community Awards continues to grow. As the value of green space and the role it plays in our communities strengthens, we must ensure these high standards remain.”