Three green flags for Hastings
Our beaches have rightly earned ‘Blue Flag’ status for their cleanliness and the quality of their facilities, and now three of our parks and open green spaces have each scooped ‘Green Flags’. Toby Sargent took his dog for a walk in one of them to find out what all the fuss was about.
Parks and green spaces in our towns and cities come in all shapes and sizes. All were created with the best of intentions, but sometimes neglect or simply a lack of imagination mean they flip from being places for quiet relaxation and fresh air to litter-strewn and threatening spaces that repel, rather than attract, visitors.
Keep Britain Tidy
So it’s good that there’s a way to mark those places where beauty, open space and good management come together to delight everyone that goes there. The Green Flag Award, run by Keep Britain Tidy, has been going for 20 years and this year has marked more than 1,600 parks and green spaces as worthy of the special recognition it bestows. And three are in Hastings.
Hastings Country Park, Alexandra Park and St Leonards Gardens are our winners and Cllr Warren Davies, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for environment was quick to welcome the news: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the Green Flag accolade for excellence again this year as a testament to the quality of not one, but three parks in Hastings, a truly exceptional achievement.
“Our green spaces are essential to happy, healthy communities and are fundamental to our quality of life – we are so proud that residents and visitors are benefitting from parks of the very highest quality.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd added: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards.
“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
Judging takes place in April and May with the winners announced in late July of each year. Successful parks can fly the flag, (pictured above), for a year but have to re-apply to keep their Green Flag Award status at the end of the year.
Safe and secure, clean and well maintained
Sites for a Green Flag Award are judged against eight key criteria. They need to be: welcoming; healthy, safe and secure; clean and well maintained; and sustainable. They also have to pay due attention to conservation and heritage, community involvement, good management and appropriate marketing.
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