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5 west Norfolk parks are among the UK’s very best green spaces

A view of the Red Mount in The Walks

Published: Friday, 13th July 2018

Today, a record number of parks and green spaces collect a Green Flag Award, and five of them are in west Norfolk.

The Walks, Tower Gardens, and Mintlyn Crematorium in King’s Lynn and the Esplanade Gardens and Boston Square Gardens in Hunstanton have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.

They are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “We are absolutely delighted to once again receive five Green Flag Awards. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our parks and gardens to such a high standard.

“The Walks is a busy town centre park popular with families, Tower Gardens and Mintlyn Crematorium are peaceful, contemplative spaces, and the Esplanade and Boston Square Gardens are classic seaside attractions – they’re all so different but all maintained with expertise and hard work by our staff. I’d also like to thank our volunteers – they help look after the Esplanade Gardens through our Adopt-a-Bed scheme and truly deserve a share in this award.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.”

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

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