Memorial Park in Redhill has won a Green Flag Award for the first time – joining Priory Park, Reigate in achieving the status.
The scheme, which has to be applied for each year, is an international quality mark for parks and green spaces. Criteria include environmental standards, maintenance and visitor facilities.
Memorial Park’s win comes after its re-opening in 2014, following improvement works including a new play area, a cafe, a free to use multi-use games area and a trim trail.
Priory Park has been fortunate enough to win the award a number of times, having had a major upgrade back in 2008.
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s Executive Member for Greenspaces, Cllr Dr Lynne Hack, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for both Memorial and Priory Parks. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining both parks to such a high standard.
A huge thank you goes out to all the staff involved in maintaining and running such fabulous spaces. We’re really grateful for all their hard work.
We look forward to welcoming residents and visitors to both parks over the coming summer months.”
The Green Flag scheme is run by Keep Britain Tidy, under a licence from the Government. Scheme manager Paul Todd said of this year’s awards, which went to 1,797 UK parks and green spaces:
“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.”