Aston Park receives prestigious Green Flag Award

By on 25/07/2011 in News

Birmingham's Aston Park is now one of the best in the country - and that's official!

The park will today receive the Green Flag Award, a sign to visitors that it is a well-maintained and well-managed site, with excellent facilities. 

Aston Park is one of a record number of parks and green spaces receiving the Green Flag Award this year, ensuring that even more of us now have access to well-managed, high-quality green spaces. It becomes the ninth Birmingham park to secure Green Flag status.

In 2011, 1,288 parks and green spaces will fly either the Green Flag or Community Award, a sign that the value of green space is widely acknowledged as vital to our communities.

Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture Cllr Martin Mullaney said: “Aston Park has been transformed in recent years, thanks in no small part to the Heritage Lottery Fund and it is now a thriving park used more than ever by the local community.

“It is the ninth park in Birmingham to earn Green Flag status and that's testament to our fantastic parks staff, who of course work closely with our Friends groups across the city.”

Phil Barton, Green Flag Plus Partnership chairman said: “I would like to congratulate this year's winners, who have worked hard throughout the year to keep their parks and green spaces at a high standard and ensure they are pleasant and enjoyable spaces for the whole community.

“The Green Flag Award Scheme, and its growth, is essential in driving up the standards of our parks and green spaces.  Access to quality green space is something we all desire and the scheme plays a key role in providing it.

“In these challenging financial times it is heartening that the number of Green Flag
Awards continue to grow.  As the value of green space and the role it plays in our communities strengthens, we must ensure these high standards remain.”

All award-winning sites now have the chance to receive a further award from the Green Flag Plus Partnership, the People's Choice Award.  This award is voted for by the public, so if you want to see your local park receive a national accolade as the people's choice, then visit www.greenflagaward.org.uk now to register your vote.

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Notes to Editors
Nine Birmingham Parks now have Green Flag status. In addition to Aston Park, the following parks have also been recognised:

Lickey Hills Country Park

Cannon Hill Park

Kings Heath Park

Castle Vale Centre Park

Handsworth Park

New Hall Valley Country Park

Ward End Park

Sunset and Moonlit Park

The Green Flag Award Scheme is managed by a consortium, comprising Keep Britain Tidy, BTCV and GreenSpace. Known collectively as the Green Flag Plus Partnership, the consortium manages the scheme in England on behalf of Communities and Local Government (CLG) and in Wales for the Welsh Steering Group.

Green Flag Award recognises well managed, high quality green spaces.  Any green space is eligible to win this award providing visitors can enter free of charge.  Previous winners include parks managed by local authorities as well as those run by community groups and trusts.  The scheme was set up in 1996.

In 2011 1,288 parks and green spaces have been awarded the Green Flag and Community Award.

Green Flag's vision is that by 2020, 50 per cent of green spaces in England and Wales will be of Green Flag standard - a staggering 15,000 sites.
For more information visit:

www.greenflagaward.org.uk

www.keepbritaintidy.org

www.communities.gov.uk

www.green-space.org.uk

www.btcv.org

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