Manor Gardens triumph with top national award

PUBLISHED: 14:48 13 August 2015 | UPDATED: 14:48 13 August 2015

Exmouth receive the Green Flag Award 2015/16. Ref exe 6464-32-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Exmouth receive the Green Flag Award 2015/16. Ref exe 6464-32-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Manor Gardens in Exmouth has been named one of the best in the UK for the 11th year in a row.

The popular garden has been bestowed with the prestigious Green Flag, given out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

This year, 1,582 parks and green spaces across the UK will fly the flag, an internationally recognised mark of quality.

It proves to visitors that the Manor Gardens has been managed and maintained to the highest standards.

The awards are judged by more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit sites.

They judge horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

Manor Gardens is maintained by East Devon’s Streetscene team, ably supported by volunteers from Exmouth in Bloom, and the award marks their commitment to keeping the gardens in tip-top condition.

Councillor Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “I’m so proud of our gardening staff who work incredibly hard in all weathers to provide our Jurassic Coast 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 an impressive achievement by a great bunch of people.”

Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards.”

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