Stevenage parks among Britain’s best

25 Jul 2016

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, have gone to Fairlands Valley Park for the ninth consecutive year, the Town Centre Gardens for the sixth year, and Hampson Park for a second year.

Hampson Park is 24 acres of attractive parkland accommodating sports pitches and play areas as well the skatepark that opened last year. Over the past few years it has hosted a range of successful community events, which have included a nature event and a Teddy Bears Picnic.

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: “We are fortunate to have many parks for residents and visitors to enjoy in Stevenage so I’m very pleased that Fairlands Valley Park, the Town Centre Gardens and Hampson Park continue to be recognised with prestigious Green Flags.

“Our green spaces have become well-renowned and much of their success is down to the hard work of council staff, our partners and our brilliant volunteer groups.  They have made them places to enjoy and I hope to see lots of people enjoying all our parks this summer.”