Keep Britain Tidy announces a record-breaking number of award-winning parks and green spaces for 2014.
Beacon Park in Lichfield is one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official. The park is among a record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces that will today (28 July 2014) receive a prestigious Green Flag Award.
The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards 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.
Beacon Park is set in more than 70 acres of beautiful gardens and open space. On top of historical statues and monuments, it features a large play area, a boating pool, a golf course, football pitches, tennis courts, bowling greens, a community garden, woodland, eateries and a programme of seasonal events and activities.
Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to achieve a Green Flag Award for the fourth year running. This award recognises and highlights that people across Lichfield District are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.
“The judges told us how impressed they were with our involvement with the Friends of Lichfield Historic Parks, the creation of the remembrance poppy field, and how we work with the police.”
Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager, Paul Todd, said: “We are delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.
“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.
“Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”