Prestigious Green Flag Award for four Cornwall parks
Four of Cornwall’s most popular parks have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award for 2017.
The four parks which received the award this year are Victoria Park in Redruth, Morrab Gardens in Penzance and Queen Mary Gardens and Gyllyngdune Gardens in Falmouth.
This national award, now in its third decade, was awarded to the parks on Wednesday 19 July and is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Cornwall Councillor Sue James, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Running a park that is well-used and valued by its community is about more than just cutting the grass. Effective management and the use of skilled staff, along with support of the local community, are key to creating fantastic public parks. The Green Flag Awards are public recognition of that.
“Access to good quality green space is vital if we are to tackle some of the challenges that we face, including the growing problem of obesity, the rise in mental health issues and the feelings of being disconnected from the communities in which we live. Research shows that having well-managed, accessible green space contributes to tackling many of these issues.”
It’s the first time that Victoria Park in Redruth has been recognised with a Green Flag. Feedback from the Green Flag Award independent judge included: “The enthusiasm of the staff and volunteers was very evident and they all take great pride in their park and their efforts should be applauded.”
Local Cornwall Councillor for Redruth South, who is also the Chairman of the Friends of Victoria Park, Ian Thomas, said: “The Green Flag Award is not just a national recognition of this wonderful green space; its flora and fauna; features and facilities; it pays tribute to all of the time and effort given to the park by our volunteers, Cornwall Council and CORMAC. I am sure that I speak for everyone involved and the people of Redruth, when I say how immensely proud we and our town are.”
The Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space – has been awarded to four parks across Cornwall marking them as officially among the very best green spaces in the country.
A report by the Heritage Lottery Fund, State of UK’s Public Parks, suggests that in the UK 34 million people visit a park regularly. To put this into context, more people visit one in a year than voted in the 2015 General Election.
Research by Cornwall Council shows 75% of residents can walk to a park or open space from their home; 66% of Cornish residents visit parks or open spaces at least once per week and 95% of Cornish residents believe having good quality public open spaces is very important.