KCC’s Country Parks team is celebrating the news that eight of its parks – one more than previously – have been recognised with the prestigious Green Flag Award.
Parks and green spaces across the country will today be raising their Green Flag Award with pride in a year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep.
Among them will be Shorne Woods, Lullingstone, Trosley, Teston, Manor Park, Brockhill, Pegwell Bay Country Parks and, new for this year, Grove Ferry Country Park, near Canterbury.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.
The eight Kent Country Parks are among the more than 2,000 sites across the country to collect the award for 2021.
Kate Phillips, Head of Country Parks for KCC, said: “We are absolutely delighted to retain seven Green Flag Awards for the Kent Country Parks as well as add a new Award for Grove Ferry Country Park. The team have excelled in maintaining the parks and looking after our volunteers and visitors”
Mike Hill; KCC’s Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors to Kent and that parks are even more important given the challenges we have all faced through the covid-19 pandemic.
“These awards celebrate the dedication that goes into maintaining them to such a high standard and I am delighted we have added another park achieving eight Green Flag Awards.”
Commenting on Kent’s success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.
“It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, eight of Kent County Council’s country parks have achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in partnership in the UK with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. The scheme also operates in an additional 14 countries including Portugal, New Zealand and USA.
Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We set the standard for the management of parks and beaches, inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. We run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit www.keepbritaintidy.org.
Any green space that is free to enter and 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 Award status. A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.