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Green Flags for 16 city parks and open spaces

Published on Thursday, July 21, 2016

SIXTEEN parks and green spaces in Leicester have been awarded prestigious Green Flags this year.

The annual awards by Keep Britain Tidy recognise the best open spaces in the country  – and this year, Green Flags will once again be flying at popular destinations including Abbey Park and Victoria Park, as well as at Welford Road and Belgrave cemeteries.

“A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities,” said Cllr Piara Singh Clair, assistant city mayor responsible for culture, leisure and sport.

“I want to thank parks staff, community volunteers and all the friends of our parks who have helped us to gain these awards.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards.

“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.” 

Green Flags have been awarded to the following city parks and open spaces:

Abbey Park; Watermead Country Park South (jointly with Leicestershire County Council); Humberstone Park; Aylestone Hall Gardens; Victoria Park; Braunstone Park; Western Park; Evington Park; Evington Arboretum; Knighton Park; Castle Gardens; Welford Road cemetery; Belgrave cemetery; Bennion Pools; Spinney Hill Park; Glen Parva and Glen Hills local nature reserve (jointly with Leicestershire County Council).

Leicester’s parks are among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that have received Green Flag Awards today (21 July).

Any green space that is accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award.  Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status. 

More information about Leicester’s parks and open spaces and details of special events taking place in parks over the summer are available at leicester.gov.uk/parks