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Two Ipswich parks have again been awarded Green Flags

Published23rd July 2019

While it is now nine awards in a row for Holywells, Christchurch has reached 12.

The national Green Flag award, which is made by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces in the country.

The Green Flags will be officially unfurled on Wednesday 24th July - at 1:30pm at Christchurch Park, while Holywells Park will do the honours at 2pm.

Councillor Philip Smart, Ipswich Borough Council’s Parks & Open Spaces portfolio-holder, said: “Ipswich is fortunate to have some wonderful parks and this is very welcome news alongside both parks being shortlisted for UK's Best Park 2019. I would like to thank our staff and volunteers and both Friends groups for their tireless work.”

Peter Gray, Chair of the Friends of Christchurch Park, said: "Christchurch Park is a magnificent green space and one of Ipswich's treasures, so it is marvellous that it has been recognised yet again with this Green Flag award. Most importantly, we must thank all the park staff for the hard work they have put in and this is a fitting reward for all they do throughout the year.”

Robin Gape, Chair of the Friends of Holywells Park, said: "We, The Friends, are delighted that 2019 sees Holywells Park keep its Green Flag status. The award reflects the care, thought and hard work of IBC staff, the various voluntary groups (including The Friends), the organisers of various events, and the public at large. Holywells offers visitors a wide variety of things to do, including simply relaxing, in a joyful natural setting."