Today Ipswich Borough Council has raised Green Flag Awards at Bourne, Christchurch and Holywells parks.
This is Bourne’s second consecutive win, while Christchurch has now won 14 flags in succession and Holywells has chalked up 11 in a row.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Ipswich’s three winning parks join more than 2,100 sites across the country collecting awards for 2021, as the scheme marks its Silver Jubilee.
This evening, Christchurch Park’s Round Pond will join buildings and landmarks across the UK going green to show appreciation for the spaces that mean so much to people and thank those who work so hard to look after them.
Councillor Philip Smart, Ipswich Borough Council’s Parks & Open Spaces Portfolio Holder, said: “Yet again these Ipswich parks have been recognised for their high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and the role they play in improving the mental and physical wellbeing of local people, providing a place to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time. We are delighted to be raising these flags today in our winning parks, but let’s not forget that the true winners are the dedicated parks staff and volunteers who work tirelessly all year round to make improvements to our parks and maintain them to the standards required – thank you, these awards are for you.”