Stevenage parks among Britain’s best

28 Jul 2015

Three of Stevenage’s glorious green spaces have this year won Green Flag Awards, the national standard for quality parks.

The Green Flag Awards, which give national recognition for public and community parks and green spaces, have gone to Fairlands Valley Park for the eighth consecutive year, the Town Centre Gardens for the fifth year, and - for the first time - to Hampson Park.

Hampson Park is 24 acres of attractive parkland accommodating sports pitches and play areas as well as the newly opened skatepark. Over the past three years it has hosted a range of successful community events which will include, this summer, a Teddy Bears Picnic and a nature event focussing on owls and bats.

Originally developed in the 1960s, the Town Centre Gardens are the primary formal and ornamental public gardens in Stevenage. They were restored in 2011 and are now a busy central green space for residents and visitors as well as a popular venue for events and activities.

Fairlands Valley Park has long been one of Stevenage’s most visited attractions. Covering more than 120 acres, it includes four lakes, two children’s play areas, a sailing centre and many areas of grassland and woodland.

Green Flag Awards are the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales. Flags are awarded annually to a variety of green spaces that are welcoming, healthy, safe and secure, clean and well maintained, and sustainable, among other criteria.

Councillor John Gardner, Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration, said, “I’m very pleased that our parks continue to be recognised with prestigious Green Flags, and I’m especially delighted that Hampson Park has received an award for the first time.

“Many, many people - council staff, our partners and our brilliant volunteer groups - work hard throughout the year to make these green spaces attractive facilities for residents and visitors, and this continued success is down to all of them.

“I hope to see lots of local people enjoying these and all our other parks this summer.”

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