Taken from B&NES Council website published on Fri, 22/07/2016

The prestigious Green Flag Award has been awarded to five parks and green spaces managed by Bath & North East Somerset Council in partnership with local communities this year.

Alexandra Park, Royal Victoria Park and Bloomfield Green in Bath have all received the prestigious, national award from Keep Britain Tidy, as have Silver Street Local Nature Reserve in Midsomer Norton and Keynsham Memorial Park.

The awards, now celebrating its 20th year, recognise and reward the best parks and green spaces across the country. 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.

 

Our parks are among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that received the award as a the mark of a quality park or green space.

Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Supporting cleaner, greener and healthier communities is one of the top six priorities of the Council’s Cabinet, and Green Flag awards demonstrate that our area has parks of the very highest quality, which are available for free for local people to use as well as visitors. I would like to congratulate and thank everyone involved in looking after these areas which bring huge benefit to local communities.”

The announcement of this year’s Award winners comes in the same week that thousands of people up and down the country are enjoying Love Parks Week (15 July to 24 July), an annual celebration of green spaces and the community groups that bring them to life.

Information on the Green Flag parks:

  • Royal Victoria Park is a 23 hectare site that is made up of formal park and gardens. It is designated as a green open space meaning that it has great importance both to people and wildlife. It is a living green space on the edge of the city of Bath that supports a rich and vibrant community.  The park provides a peaceful natural open space for informal use by local, national and international people. Royal Victoria Park has been Grade I listed in the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England since 2013 and was deemed to be a site of “exceptional interest” in 2015.  This year, the Green Flag judges particularly appreciated the newest additions to the park, such as the restored Great Dell Walkway, the skate park in the Children’s Play Area, and the wildflower bunds which serve a dual purpose of keeping vehicles off the recreational grass areas and of providing habitat for invertebrates and wild flowers.

  • Alexandra Park is famed for the stunning views which are afforded across the city from the south and also received the Green Flag last year.  Located at the top of Beechen Cliff, the park exudes a peaceful charm and the tranquillity is much appreciated by the local community and visitors alike. The park’s Friends group is very strong and they run events and hold volunteering days throughout the year.

  • Silver Street Local Nature Reserve has been awarded the Green Flag for the fifth year running thanks to the efforts of the Friends group, which is devoted to looking after the wildlife in the woodland and the meadow and to sharing their knowledge with the residents of Midsomer Norton and visitors alike.  Their motto is “Working Today for a Brighter Future”.  The Friends arrange many social events in the woodland, give public talks and fundraise to fund improvements in the future. In the past year a discreet network of pathways has been completed by the Friends and volunteers to improve access to the reserve.  Further information on upcoming events can be found at http://www.silverstreet-lnr.co/.

  • Keynsham Memorial Park has held the Green Flag since 2008 and is a stunning riverside park offering a broad range of facilities and activities for all ages. In addition, the park provides a setting for one of the largest free music festivals in the west, with over 10,000 people attending on the final weekend.  At other times more than 20 community groups and thousands of families visit the part, particularly during the summer holidays.  The newly refurbished café which re-opened in July under new management is proving popular.

 

  • Bloomfield Green was judged under the Urban Parks category and was awarded a Green Flag for the first time this year.  The Friends of Bloomfield Green and the Bear Flat Association have worked very closely during the last year with the Council’s Parks Team of and local councillors to improve both the amenities and the ecology of the site, including installing two community notice boards and planting 1,000 wildflower plugs in the spring to create meadow areas.  The Green Flag judges have recognised the whole community’s efforts to improve this much loved green space by the awarding the site a Green Flag.

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