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Main lake and play apparatus at Fairlands Valley Park

As the Green Flag scheme celebrates its Silver Jubilee, Stevenage is one of the town’s celebrating success after retaining all five of the awards for its parks and green spaces.

The Stevenage sites - Fairlands Valley; Town Centre Gardens; Hampson Park; Shephalbury Park and Weston Road Cemetery - join parks and green spaces as diverse as the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Woodhouse Park in Peterlee and Chiswick Old Cemetery in London as being among the country’s best green spaces.

Commenting on the news that Stevenage has again achieved the Green Flag Award standard, Award Scheme Manager, Paul Todd, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Stevenage parks worthy of a Green Flag Award.

“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that Stevenage has high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.”

Councillor John Gardner, executive portfolio holder for environment and regeneration, added: “I’m very pleased to hear this. It has been a superb effort by everyone during a difficult COVID year. I would like to thank all our team and Green Space Volunteers who do such brilliant work in maintaining such a high standard for the people of Stevenage to enjoy.”

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

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