Broxbourne Borough Council has retained its Green Flags for the beautiful, family-friendly open spaces in Hoddesdon, Broxbourne and Cheshunt.
The Borough’s list of award-winning open spaces consists of six well-kept Green Spaces, including Cheshunt Park, Cedars Park, Cheshunt Cemetery and Barclay Park, as well as Community Awards for Top Field and the Old Highway Recreation Ground.
These open spaces are among over 2,000 UK parks and green spaces, and 131 in 13 other countries around the world that have received or retained the prestigious Green Flag Award/Green Flag Community Award, the mark of a quality park or a green space. This prestigious international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is well maintained, and has excellent visitor facilities on-site.
Councillor David Holliday, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “I am absolutely delighted that six of our green spaces hold this special status, and that we have retained our Green Flag awards for another year. This year, due to COVID-19, the green spaces have been extremely well used by residents for exercise and fresh air and I would like to thank our volunteers and Friends groups for their time and dedication looking after our wonderful community spaces. I am especially proud of our staff who have gone the extra mile over the past difficult year to maintain the facilities, meeting the high standards demanded by the Green Flag award scheme to achieve this benchmark.”
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, Broxbourne Council has achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
For further information on the parks and open spaces in the Borough of Broxbourne, please visit: www.broxbourne.gov.uk.