(Reposted from Adur and Worthing Council website)
Several parks in Adur and Worthing have been awarded the prestigious international quality mark, the Green Flag, in this year's Green Flag Awards.
In Worthing, Beach House Park, Highdown Gardens, Field Place, Marine Gardens, were awarded the gold standard and in Adur, it has been awarded to Buckingham Park and Lancing Manor Park. They are among 2,000 green spaces across the country to receive the award.
Last year, Beach House Park in Worthing lost its Green Flag and Adur & Worthing Councils' parks team has worked hard to achieve the award once again this year. Work has included new planting, footpath clearing and the introduction of new signage to improve the visitor experience.
The Friends of Marine Gardens have continued to work hard at their site this year and have been the driving force behind securing the gold standard for the garden for a third year running.
At Buckingham Park in Shoreham, which received the award for the second year, a 4ft dome made out of willow has been built, adding to the local ecology and creating a natural shelter for visitors to the park.
A Green Flag Community Award was also given to the Friends of Heene Cemetery, with judges praising the volunteer-run Heene Cemetery and the regular walks and talks by experts as a positive way to encourage research and understanding of the site.
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.
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, Adur & Worthing Councils' parks have achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”