A record number of parks and green spaces have been awarded Green Flag Awards.
Beacon Park in Lichfield has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world.
The park is among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces to have received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor 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 Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the seventh year.
“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication by our parks and ground maintenance teams who run and maintain Beacon Park to such a high standard. We appreciate all the hard work they put into Beacon Park and I would like to say a big thank you to all the team.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager, Paul Todd, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.
“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”