Green Flags go up across Britain

University of Nottingham has won a record-breaking tenth consecutive Green Flag Award and is the first ever university to achieve this feat.

Springfields Festival Gardens in Lincolnshire - image: Springfield Gardens
Springfields Festival Gardens in Lincolnshire - image: Springfield Gardens

Smart upkeep of the 135ha University Park Campus helped the college to become the first university to bag a Green Flag back in 2003. It has hoisted one every year since then and the latest is one of more than 1,400 flags handed out this week.

Over 800 volunteers were involved in assessing the nominated green spaces against a stringent set of criteria. This includes how welcoming the space is, the way it is marketed, community involvement, maintenance, safety and sustainability.

Desmond O’Grady, grounds manager at University of Nottingham, said:

"The maintenance and improvement are a huge team effort between the estates office, student volunteers Friends of University Park and grounds staff."

Parkland highlights include a lake, large areas of long-established woodland, Lenton Firs rock garden and the Millennium Garden.

Other flag winners included Springfields Festival Gardens in Lincolnshire, which won the flag at its first attempt, said head gardener Andy Boyton, who added that the flag joined In-Bloom and investors in people awards.

"Lincolnshire is the second largest county but has the lowest population and has few large cities, so we tend to feel forgotten. This flag gives professional recognition and is a fantastic accolade; the best of the lot."

Crane Park in Richmond upon Thames won a Green Flag following a £400,000 makeover of the park earlier this year. This joint award with Hounslow represents Richmond Council’s 13th Green Flag Award.

The funding improved entrances to the park, upgraded and painted bridges, installed new bins, benches and signage and resurfaced paths to create  a 3km dragonfly trail. Other featured included wildflower meadows and an outdoor classroom.

Councillor Virginia Morris, cabinet member for the environment, said: "The success reinforces our ambitions for our future parks improvement programme to making green spaces more accessible to residents of all ages."

For more award winners visit www.greenflagaward.org.uk


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