Three Peterborough parks have retained the prestigious Green Flag Award – marking them out as some of the best open spaces in the country.
Central Park, Itter Park and Manor Farm Park in Eye have all been confirmed as having retained the much sought-after accolade.
For Central Park, it is the 20th consecutive year that the park has held the award. The international accolade, now in its 26th year, is a sign to the public that the parks, maintained on behalf of the council by Aragon Direct Services, boast the highest possible environmental standards, are excellently maintained and managed, and have high-quality visitor facilities.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Councillor Nigel Simons, Cabinet Member for Waste, Street Scene and the Environment, Peterborough City Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted that three of our parks have retained this prestigious award and it is testament to the hard work of the teams at Aragon, who have maintained these vital spaces to such high standards.
“The parks are also supported by very proactive “Friends of” groups. These volunteer groups help promote the use and care of the parks’ facilities within their communities and provide valuable feedback to the council and in turn, Aragon.
“We are committed to creating a greener city and know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors. A Green Flag award very clearly marks out a park or open space as being of the highest quality and we will continue to maintain all our parks to the highest standards.”
Keep Britain Tidy’s Accreditation Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making these three parks worthy of a Green Flag Award.
“The sites are vital green space for the community in Peterborough. This award is testament to all the hard work of staff and volunteers, who do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
Photo shows (left to right) Michael Rutterford (ADS), Mohamed Din (ADS), Cllr Nigel Simons, Naidre Werner (FOCP), Sue Hessom (FOCP) and Ian Lilley (ADS)