19th July 2017- By Bronte Howard
Three Bath parks have been recognised by the international Green Flag scheme as some of the best green spaces in the world.
Bloomfield Green, Henrietta Park and Royal Victoria Park are among a record breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces which received the prestigious award today (Tuesday 18 July).
Councillor Martin Veal (Bathavon North), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s cabinet member for community services, said:
“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining all our winners to such a high standard.”
The international award, which is now in its third decade, is a benchmark national standard for publicly accessible parks and green spaces in the UK.
It a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor status.
Keynsham Memorial Park was also chosen to be granted Green Flag status, which ensures that everybody has access to quality green spaces, irrespective of where they live.
“Keynsham Memorial Park and Royal Victoria Park are both destination parks that have won their Green Flags many times before and we are proud that, once again, the standard of these parks has been acknowledged by external judges.”
“For Bloomfield Green, this is their second year of recognition in the City Green category. For Henrietta Park, this was their first year of application and both awards show how a dedicated Friends Group working with the council has helped to fulfil more community expectations and to raise the standard of each green space,” added Mr Veal.
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.”