A GREEN flag has been awarded to Jephson Gardens and Mill Gardens in Leamington.
It is the 14th time the parks have won the Green Flag Award, which is the international mark of a quality park or green space.
Green Flags have also been awarded to Crackley Wood in Kenilworth and Oakley Wood near Bishop’s Tachbrook, for a third time in a row, making it a hat-trick for Warwick District Council’s (WDC) Green Spaces Team, which manages the woodlands alongside Warwickshire Wildlife Trust (WWT), Friends of Oakley Wood and Crackley Wood.
WDC vice chairman Pam Redford said: “The ongoing covid-19 pandemic has shown how much we value our parks and open spaces. To once again receive three Green Flag Awards from Keep Britain Tidy is a truly outstanding achievement and clearly demonstrates that local people and visitors to Warwick District are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality. I would like to pay tribute to the council’s Green Spaces Team, contractors idVerde, the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and the many friends and volunteers who come out in all weathers to assist us in maintaining and improving these wonderful places.”
WWT spokesman Karl Curtis added: “Receiving the Green Flag awards for the local nature reserves is a fantastic accolade. They are very much deserved and all arise from the hard work and dedication of the staff and in particular the volunteers involved. Our volunteers give up their valuable time to ensure these reserves are there for everyone to enjoy, reconnect with nature and of course help their local wildlife too by making sure these are diverse and vibrant places.”