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Parks get worldwide recognition

Posted onPosted on 14th Oct

Four parks and open spaces looked after by Newark and Sherwood District Council have again been recognised as some of the best in the world.

Sconce and Devon Park, Newark; Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone; Newark Castle and Gardens; and Sherwood Heath, Ollerton are among 1,970 UK parts to receive the coveted Green Flag status – the mark of a quality park or green space.

Newark Castle Gardens has gained the award every year since 2001. To celebrate this achievement it will be turning its lights green at night from Wednesday, 14th October until Monday, 19th October.

The Green Flag award also follows plans by the district council to plant up to 10,000 new trees and aims to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2035 – 15 years ahead of the pledge by the UK Government.

The international award, which started back in 1997, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

It also recognises the hard work of staff and volunteers in maintaining spaces that meet the needs of the local community.

Coun Roger Jackson, leisure and environment committee chairman, said: “We understand how important it is for our residents and visitors to be able to access quality green spaces and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our parks to a high standard.

“It’s all thanks to our hard-working teams who look after the sites that has meant we keep winning the award year after year. The awards process provides us with independent assurance that we are continuing to provide high quality parks and open spaces.”