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

Picture of one of the entrances to The Walks.

Published: Monday, 19th October 2020

A number of west Norfolk parks and green spaces have once again achieved a Green Flag Award.

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 2,061 UK parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award 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. Quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, possibly even more during the Covid-19 pandemic. 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."

Paul Todd - Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said: "Parks and green spaces have never been more important for the physical and mental health of everyone."

“All the research shows that spending time in good-quality green space can improve people’s health and wellbeing, that is why it is important that they are managed to the recognised standard of the Green Flag Award. This is now something that millions more recognise after the challenges of the past six months. All those involved in the Green Flag Award should be congratulated on their achievement.”

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