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Three parks retain prestigious Green Flag Award

18 July 2023

Three Peterborough parks have retained the prestigious Green Flag Award - marking them out as some of the best open spaces in the country.

Central Park, Itter Park and Manor Farm Park in Eye have all been confirmed as having retained the sought-after accolade.

For Central Park, it is the 21st consecutive year that the park has held the award.

The international accolade, now in its 27th year, is a sign to the public that the parks, maintained on behalf of the council by Aragon Direct Services, boast the highest possible environmental standards, are excellently maintained and managed, and have high-quality visitor facilities.

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Councillor Nigel Simons, Cabinet Member for Waste, Street Scene and the Environment, Peterborough City Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted that three of our parks have retained this prestigious award and it is testament to the hard work of the teams at Aragon, who have maintained these vital spaces to such high standards.

“The parks are also supported by very proactive “Friends of” groups. These volunteer groups help promote the use and care of the parks’ facilities within their communities, seek funding and park improvements, and provide valuable feedback to the council and in turn, Aragon.

“We are fully committed to creating a greener city and reducing carbon emissions. We also know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and we will continue to maintain them to the highest standards.”

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “At Keep Britain Tidy, we’re very proud of the Green Flag Award - a crucial component in ensuring the continuing quality of our parks and green spaces, making sure they are managed to the highest standards and are safe and accessible. We believe it should be a minimum standard for every park – and that everyone, wherever they live, should have access to high-quality green space.

“Parks play a key role in the health and wellbeing of the nation not only in the physical and mental health of us all, but also in the environmental health of the planet. Congratulations to all this year’s winners.”

For more information about Central Park visit here. For more information about the Green Flag Awards visit www.greenflagaward.org.uk