Belhus Woods Country Park secured green flag status

Belhus Park

Essex Country Parks Celebrate Seven Outstanding Parks at Green Flag Awards

ESSEX Country Parks have secured seven Green Flag Awards, joining a record number of parks and green spaces collecting a Green Flag Award this year.

Belhus Woods, Cudmore Grove, Danbury, Great Notley, Hadleigh, Thorndon and Weald Country Parks, all operated by Essex County Council, have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme for the very best parks and green spaces in the world.

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 boast a diverse range of beautiful landscapes and important wildlife habitats. Each park is special and offers the visitor something unique, from the Olympic cycling legacy at Hadleigh to the longest play trail in Essex at Great Notley. Cudmore Grove on Mersea Island is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Ramsar site, National Nature Reserve and Special Protection Area boasting a wide variety of flora and fauna.

A celebration of the parks’ Green Flag achievement and the people that made it possible was held on World Ranger’s Day (31 July) at Danbury Country Park attended by many local figures, councillors and members of the public.

Cllr Simon Walsh, Cabinet member for Environment and Waste said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for all our Country Parks.

We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication of our staff and Rangers who help maintain these green spaces to such a high standard.’’

Andrea Gabriel, Danbury Country Parks Ranger said ‘I am proud to work at Danbury Country Park’’

‘’I believe it is important to maintain our ancient woodland, the ERDL species meadow and the formal gardens for visitor enjoyment, to benefit the local community, and maintain diverse conservation heritage for future generations.’’

‘’I would like to acknowledge all the hard work, and dedication, from the staff and volunteers who love their parks’’

This summer holiday many of the country parks are running extra activities for families including a Bugs and Butterflies Trail at Belhus Woods Country Park, Donkey Rides at Cudmore Grove, Archery at Hadleigh Park, Wild Wednesdays at Danbury Country Park and Twilight sessions at Sky Ropes.

Essex Country Parks have also recently launched an Explorer Pass to make it easier and cheaper for residents to visit the parks more frequently, in order to make the most of these celebrated green spaces.

To find out more and book activities go to: http://www.visitparks.co.uk

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