Pictured with the new Green Flag awarded to Exmouth’s Manor Gardens are (left to right): Mark Pollard, Parks Development Officer; Councillor Tom Wright, Deputy Cabinet Member for Environment; Peter Hooker, Gardener; Michael Vine, Assistant Parks Officer.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Manor Gardens in Exmouth has retained its status as one of the finest town centre green spaces in the country.
Along with Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth they have again received the prestigious Green Flag Award.
It’s the ninth year in a row for Exmouth while Sidmouth has now won the award 10 times consecutively.
The gardens are among a record number of parks and green spaces receiving the Green Flag Award this year, ensuring that even more of us now have access to well-managed, high-quality green spaces.
This year, 1,447 parks and green spaces will fly the Green Flag, a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
The national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.
Councillor Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “I’m truly proud of the gardening staff who work so hard in all weathers to provide our towns with the kind of gardens and floral displays that give East Devon the wow factor. To continue winning this prestigious award against a backdrop of reduced funding is indeed an impressive achievement.”
Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.
“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.
“Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities.
“They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages. “That is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”