THE GREEN flag is flying proudly across Warwick district.
Land at Myton Pool in Warwick, Foundry Wood in Leamington, and Oakley Wood near Bishop’s Tachbrook, have all received new Green Flag awards as part of ‘Love Parks’ week.
They join more than 1,700 parks and green spaces nationwide recognised as being well-managed, clean and safe, including Leamington’s Jephson Gardens, which received its 11th straight flag award.
Run by charity Keep Britain Tidy, the Green Flag award is a mark of quality, and shows the public the space boasts the highest environmental standards, is well maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
The three acre site at Myton offers a variety of habitats for flora and fauna, including woodland, grassland, natural paths and a pool.
Mike Hardimann, chairman of Friends of Myton Pool, said: “We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining this tranquil area to such a high standard.”
Oakley Wood is one of the district’s largest accessible woodlands. It is owned by the district council and maintained in partnership with the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Oakley Wood.
Karl Curtis, director of community engagement at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust was understandably thrilled:
He said: “To receive a Green Flag award for Oakley Wood is testament to the outstanding efforts of teams of volunteers who regularly assist in the maintenance of the woodland attending sessions including hedgerow planting and coppicing.”
Foundry Wood has been created on the site of the former Ford Foundry. It is cared for by The Friends of Foundry Wood, who host various events.
This weekend there will be three performances of Baba Yaga’s House on Saturday (July 29) at ‘drop in’ walk about sessions – taking place at noon, 2pm and 4pm. No booking necessary.
And the following day volunteers host a moth morning from 9am to 11am. Moth expert David Brown to look at and discuss moths caught overnight in the woods. The Friends of Foundry Wood will also be providing sausage baps for breakfast.
Visit www.foundrywood.co.uk for full details.