Rugby's parks praised as minister visits to relaunch Green Flag awards - The Rugby Observer

Rugby's parks praised as minister visits to relaunch Green Flag awards

Andy Morris 23rd Aug, 2017   0

A GOVERNMENT minister praised Rugby’s award-winning parks as he visited the town to announce the Green Flag Awards will continue for another five years.

Parks and Green Spaces Minister Marcus Jones chose to make the announcement in Rugby as it boasts five Green Flag winning green spaces – some of which were neglected sites transformed by community members and Rugby Borough Council.

The award scheme, founded 20 years ago on behalf of the Government by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises the best outdoor spaces in the UK and sets standards for park managers across the country.

Mr Jones said: “Rugby is a clear winner when it comes to parks and there was nowhere better to confirm that the Green Flag Awards will be continuing.

“The awards are valuable not least because they reward local authorities and communities for their dedication to the great outdoors – and give locals and tourists an easy way to find quality spaces to get outside, exercise and play.

“My visit to Rugby demonstrated how parks and green spaces can breathe life into our towns and cities – contributing to the health and well being of the community.”

Volunteers, councillors and park rangers gathered at Millennium Green in July to celebrate five Green Flag Awards given to parks and open spaces in Rugby. (s)

Mr Jones met volunteers who had helped turn a neglected allotment into Centenary Park, which now boasts a play area, a games area, a green gym and a nature area, including flowers to attract bees and butterflies. It has been protected as part of the Fields in Trust Centenary Fields programme and was also named the most improved park by Fields in Trust in 2016.

Rugby’s other Green Flag winners are Millennium Green Pocket Park, Rainsbrook Crematorium, Caldecott Park – which has won the award for ten consecutive years – and Gladstone Green Pocket Park, which this year won a Green Flag Community Award created to celebrate the volunteers behind the nation’s favourite green spaces.

Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy Allison Ogden-Newton said: “We welcome the extension to the Green Flag Award licence as we know how important the scheme has been in the renaissance of our parks over the past 20 years.

“We are delighted the announcement was made in Rugby as the town has shown how people benefit from the provision of quality parks and green spaces, encouraging people to live healthier and more active lives.”

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