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Five west Norfolk parks awarded coveted Green Flag Award – Video: Get on board a flight through two of our winning parks

Claire Thompsett, Cllr Brian Long and Richard Fisher with members of the public open space team who look after borough council-owned green spaces

Published: Tuesday, 26th July 2022

Today, borough council staff are celebrating after receiving the prestigious Green Flag Award for five west Norfolk parks and green spaces. Three are located in King’s Lynn and two in Hunstanton.

The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces. Green flags will be raised above Boston Square Sensory Garden and Heritage Gardens in Hunstanton, along with Mintlyn Crematorium, Tower Gardens and The Walks in King’s Lynn.

We take a flight through The Walks and Tower Gardens in King's Lynn below.

Cllr Brian Long, Cabinet member for Corporate Services, said:

“After two years that have seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that five locations in west Norfolk have achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of our public open space team and the volunteers that make these green spaces a great space that everyone can enjoy.”

Commenting on the news Keep Britain Tidy’s Accreditation Manager Paul Todd said:

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making the five areas in west Norfolk worthy of a Green Flag Award.”

“This award is testament to all the hard work of staff and volunteers, who do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

The Green Flag Award Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

Any green space that is freely accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award.  Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag Award status.  A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site Accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.

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