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20th October 2020

Council celebrates as the Lake Pleasure Grounds wins a Green Flag Award

 

Council celebrates as the Lake Pleasure Grounds wins a Green Flag Award
This month parks and green spaces across the country will be raising their Green Flag Award with pride in a year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep.
Among them will be the Lake Pleasure Grounds in Warminster, which is raising a Green Flag Award for the third year running.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Warminster Lake Pleasure Grounds is one of more than 2,000 sites across the country to collect the award for 2020.
Chair of Parks and Recreation Cllr. Denis Brett said, “I am delighted that for the third successive year that we have been awarded the Green Flag. This says a lot for the hard work of Town Council Officers, Councillors and volunteers, so a warm thanks must go to them all. The park gives great pleasure across the age spectrum; the sheer tranquil setting gives us a good sense of wellbeing, assists with our mental health and offers a wide range of activities. We can engage with the wildlife, enjoy the beauty of the trees and have a socially distanced coffee from the Park Cafe with friends and family. We are truly blessed.”
Commenting on Warminster Lake Pleasure Grounds success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.
“It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Warminster Town Council has achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

Photos attached: L-R: Fiona Fox (Town Clerk) Rob (Park Keeper) Stuart Legg (Parks and Open Spaces Manager) Cllr Denis Brett (Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee)

The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in partnership in the UK with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. The scheme also operates in an additional 14 countries including Portugal, New Zealand and USA.

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We set the standard for the management of parks and beaches, inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. We 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 free to enter and 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 Award 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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