CHAMPAGNE corks were popped – but swiftly cleared up – at the news the Pump Room Gardens in Leamington has been awarded a green flag.
The Pump Room Gardens joins three other parks and woodland areas in the district in receiving this international quality mark for green spaces from Keep Britain Tidy – Crackley Wood, Oakley Wood, and Jephson Gardens and Mill Gardens.
In 2018 the Pump Room Gardens underwent major refurbishment with a £1.4million project to restore the bandstand and other key 19th century features. This was thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People programme, the Friends of the Pump Room Gardens and Warwick District Council (WDC).
And as well as the Green Flag Awards, both Jephson Gardens and the Pump Room Gardens also received the Green Heritage Site Accreditation for good conservation standards and the maintenance and upkeep of prominent historic features.
Only seven parks in the West Midlands received this accreditation, with WDC receiving two of them.
WDC spokesperson for neighbourhood and leisure, Coun Moira-Ann Grainger, said: “The past couple of years has made us all realise how much we value our parks and open spaces. They connect us, give us space to exercise, relax and provide special habitats for local wildlife to thrive.
“To receive these Green Flag Awards from Keep Britain Tidy once again is a truly outstanding achievement and shows that local people and visitors to Warwick district are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality. To receive it for the Pump Room Gardens demonstrates the success of the restoration project, which has enabled us to honour its history and preserve it for future generations to enjoy.
“I would like to give a special mention and thanks to the council’s Green Spaces Team, our contractors idVerde, the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and the many Friends and volunteer groups who come out in all weathers to assist us in maintaining and improving our wonderful parks and open spaces.”
Archie Pitts, from the Friends of the Pump Room Gardens, added: ”It’s wonderful to see the Pump Room Gardens refurbished and improved with new flower beds and trees as well as a rainwater pond to help drainage of the gardens. The beautifully restored bandstand will be the focal point of Leamington’s Village Green for many more generations to come.
“All in all a wonderful result for Leamington thanks to all who worked to bring this about.”
Local community groups in the district are also celebrating Green Flag Awards, with Myton Pools in Warwick and Foundry Wood in Leamington scooping awards.