Two of Lincoln’s parks have been recognised once again by the prestigious Green Flag award scheme.
Hartsholme Country Park and the Arboretum have been named as two of the best parks in England and Wales for another year, after impressing the Green Flag award experts.
Our parks are among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that will today receive a Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
The award, now celebrating its 20th 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 area boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, who inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more.
Caroline Bird, Community Services Manager at City of Lincoln Council, said: “Hartsholme Country Park and the Arboretum are two of our most popular parks and we’re proud they have both been awarded Green Flag status once again.
“It demonstrates a real commitment by our teams to keep the parks at their best throughout the year, allowing us to provide a welcoming, clean and safe environment for both visitors and residents to enjoy.
“We would also like to thank the many volunteers who have helped towards the upkeep of the parks over the years, which shows we value the input of local communities in promoting our green spaces.”
The awards are judged by more than 700 volunteer experts who visit sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
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, especially as we celebrate the 20th 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.”
Another of the council’s green spaces, Boultham Park, recently received confirmation that its revised restoration project would be granted £2.7 million of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.
The plans will involve converting the former stable block into an education centre as well as building a café, horticulture centre and restoring park features. The work will also introduce some lighting and will feature improved pathways, CCTV, signs and seating.
It is hoped the 50-acre park will achieve Green Flag status upon completion of the work. Details are available at www.boulthampark.co.uk.
To find out more about the Green Flag Award go to www.greenflagaward.org.uk.