Green Flag award for Exmouth's Manor Gardens
PUBLISHED: 11:40 29 July 2016
Exmouth's Manor Gardens is named as one of the best public green spaces in the UK as it scoops a Green Flag award for the 12th year in a row
Beauty spot Manor Gardens, Exmouth, has been awarded a prestigious Green Flag award for the 12th year running – the mark of a quality park or green space.
The national award, given out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, is handed out to only the very best public parks and gardens in the UK.
Sidmouth’s Connaught Gardens also scooped a Green Flag award for the 13th consecutive year.
The parks are looked after by the district council and teams of volunteers, including Exmouth in Bloom.
Councillor Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy for both Connaught Gardens and Manor Gardens.
“This award recognises and highlights that people in Sidmouth and Exmouth are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.
“The Green Flag Award scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK and I am immensely proud of our StreetScene team who work tirelessly in all weathers to ensure that the gardens are in tip-top condition throughout the different seasons.
“The awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status, so to receive this award for yet another consecutive year is a fantastic achievement.”
Councillor Stuart Hughes, chairman of East Devon District Council, said: “I would like to thank our wonderful staff and volunteers who put in so much time and effort in keeping these two gardens in pristine condition. They go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the public can enjoy the benefits of these amazing spaces. That is true dedication and the award is recognition of their outstanding efforts, which set a standard of excellence in recreational green areas.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said the accolades were a testament to the efforts of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.