ESSEX County Council is celebrating achieving the prestigious Green Flag awards for Weald and Thorndon Country Parks and retaining Green Flag status at Belhus, Cudmore Grove, Danbury and Great Notley.
The Green Flag awards celebrate the UK’s very best green spaces and are the quality mark awarded to parks or green spaces. This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities. Essex Country Parks are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces who received the awards this year.
Councillor Simon Walsh, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste said: “It is fantastic to see Essex Country Parks achieve this national standard and recognition. Our parks continue to go from strength to strength.
There are lots of fun, activities for the children and great family events like Picnic and Play, Sky Ropes while Stick Man and the Gruffalo trails remain popular favourites, not to mention our soon to be open new play area at Cudmore Grove, East Mersea. With so much open space there is plenty to keep our regular dog walkers and runners happy too.”
Tim Dixon, Head of Essex Country Parks said: “We are delighted to achieve the Green Flag awards for Weald and Thorndon while celebrating retaining the awards at four of our other parks. The Country Parks team and volunteer groups work hard to maintain the green space, wildlife and the facilities, it’s wonderful to see this recognised.
Our parks offer so much for our visitors and a safe outdoor environment where people can escape to. With the school summer holidays coming up we can’t wait for the parks to be full of fun and laughter as people head to us for a visit.”
To find out more about the Essex Country Parks and keep in touch with what’s on – head to www.visitparks.co.uk website.