FOUR of Rugby’s parks have been honoured with a Green Flag Award.
Caldecott Park, Newbold’s Centenary Park, and the ‘pocket parks’ at Millennium Green and Gladstone Green all retained the prestigious prize when the award-winners were announced today (Thursday October 14).
Caldecott Park has now retained a Green Flag for 14 years in a row, with Centenary Park celebrating a sixth successive award and the pocket parks retaining a flag for a fifth year running.
To mark the achievement, the council will light up the bandstand in Caldecott Park in green tonight to join Green Flag’s #GoGreenForParks event.
#GoGreenForParks celebrates the role green spaces play in communities and pays tribute to the staff and volunteers who keep parks spick and span.
Rugby Borough Council leisure and wellbeing spokesman Coun Howard Roberts said: “Our success in the Green Flag Awards reflects our commitment to offering our communities access to quality parks and green spaces.
“While the council’s parks and grounds team works hard all year round to maintain the borough’s green spaces, we also rely on our dedicated team of volunteers and residents to ensure our parks remain places we can all enjoy, so we can all share in this Green Flag success.”
Paul Todd, manager of the Green Flag Awards, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Caldecott Park, Centenary Park and the pocket parks at Millennium Green and Gladstone Green worthy of a Green Flag Award.
“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure these parks achieve the high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management, and provide places that support people to live healthy lives.”
Green Flag, the international benchmark for quality parks and green spaces, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Organised by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, Green Flag works to raise standards in parks and green spaces by promoting well-maintained and well-managed parks.
Judges assess each park put forward for the award against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.