Work carried out by residents and Bath & North East Somerset Council to improve and revitalise Bath’s Hedgemead Park has been officially recognised with a special Green Flag Award.
The 130-year-old park is one of five across the city that has been officially named as among some of the country’s very best green spaces.
Alexandra Park, Bloomfield Green, Henrietta Park and Royal Victoria Park have also scooped Green Flag Awards.
The council-run parks are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, that have been awarded the Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Councillor Paul Crossley, cabinet member for Community Services, said: “I’d like to congratulate residents of Walcot, Lansdown and Camden who’ve worked with the council in transforming Hedgemead Park.
“A Green Flag is just reward for their outstanding efforts.
“We are absolutely delighted to receive five Green Flag Awards this year for our beautiful parks and this success is also very much due to the hard work and dedication of each park’s Friends Group.
“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and the Green Flag awards recognise and celebrate the dedication that goes into maintaining these parks to such a high standard.”
Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award scheme manager, added: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.”
“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.
“We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”