Published Thursday, 27 July 2017
Not one, not two, but six Waverley Borough Council parks have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.
Blackheath Common, Broadwater Park in Farncombe, Farnham Park, Frensham Great Pond and Common and the Lammas Lands and Phillips Memorial Park in Godalming, are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that received 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.
Farnham Park, which has received the award for the fifth time, is a medieval deer park within walking distance of the town centre. It includes an adventure playground, newly fitted in 2015, a toddlers play area, a café, toilets, and a trim trail, all within a landscape of rolling grassland and beautiful veteran trees.
Broadwater Park has retained the award for a third year. The park can be found next to Godalming Leisure Centre and includes a large lake, play area, picnic area, football and cricket pitches and much more to explore with the family.
It is the second year in a row that Frensham Great Pond and Common has kept the title. Frensham is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is home to a range of wildlife including the Dartford Warbler and the Natterjack Toad. The common is made up of a large area of heathland and has a beach next to the Great Pond. There is also parking on site, accessible toilets and a café.
Also achieving the award for the second time is the Phillips Memorial Park. The park has benefitted from a restoration and enhancement project over the past five years, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The site is home to the Phillips Memorial Cloister, an Arts and Crafts Grade II listed building, a children’s play area, skate park, bandstand, War Memorial and a beautiful riverside walk.
Adjacent to the park is first-time Green Flag Award winner, the Lammas Lands. They are a series of flood meadows, with beautiful views alongside the River Wey, between Godalming and Farncombe.
Another first-time winner is Blackheath Common. With stunning views of mauve flowering heathland, the common is a fabulous place to go to relax, watch wildlife and let life pass you by.
Councillor Kevin Deanus, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive six 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 all our parks to such a high standard.
“We could not do the work without our fantastic volunteers, led by our brilliant team of rangers – they all do an amazing job.”
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.
“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”
For more information about the parks in Waverley, or to find out more about volunteering, visit: www.waverley.gov.uk/parksandcountryside
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Notes to Editors
Picture caption: Parks and Countryside apprentice, Jake with the Green Flag at Frensham Great Pond and Common
Please note other pictures are available on request.
The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.
Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We campaign for quality parks and green spaces for everyone, inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. We are run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit www.keepbritaintidy.org
Any green space that is accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award. Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status. A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.
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