More parks and green spaces than ever will be flying a Green Flag this year.
Lichfield’s Beacon Park is one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official. The city park is among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that will today (Thursday 21 July 2016) receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
The award, now celebrating its twentieth year, 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 and cricket pitches, tennis courts, bowling greens, a community garden, woodland, eateries and a programme of seasonal events and activities.
Councillor Andy Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks at Lichfield District Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the sixth year from Keep Britain Tidy.
“This award recognises and highlights that people across Lichfield District are benefitting from a park of the very highest quality.”
International Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, Paul Todd, said: “We are pleased to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the twentieth 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.”