It’s more joy of six for Stafford Borough open spaces 

    14/10/2021


    aerial view of park

    Six venues in Stafford Borough have again been listed among the best parks and open spaces in the UK. 

    Victoria Park in Stafford leads the way with a 15th consecutive ‘Green Flag’ following its £2.5 million restoration last year. The crematorium on the town’s Tixall Road makes it in for a tenth time, with the 160-year-old cemetery at Eccleshall Road claiming flag number four. 

    Stonefield Park in Stone is celebrating a sixth success, with the town’s cemetery bringing up a hat-trick of awards, and Wildwood Park in Stafford retaining the flag they won for the first time in 2020. 

    The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world. 

    More than 2,120 sites across the UK have collected the award for 2021. The scheme is celebrating 25 years as the international quality mark for parks. 

    Councillor Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Environment at the council, said: “It is great to see all six venues in our area are still part of the ‘Green Flag’ club. We know how well the grounds of our parks and cemeteries are kept because our residents and visitors tell us – and they are our most important judges.  

    “But receiving national recognition for the hard work that we do is always pleasing – and a tremendous achievement for all those involved on the ground and behind the scenes.  

    He added: “Our community are also instrumental in helping us achieve this success – especially the ‘Friends’ groups that support the work of the council at these sites.” 

    Commenting on the news that the venues in Stafford Borough had achieved the Green Flag Award standard, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making these sites worthy of a Green Flag Award. 

    “To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that they have high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.” 

    Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “As Green Flag Award celebrates 25 years of raising the standard, Keep Britain Tidy is delighted to be the custodian of a scheme that does so much to ensure our parks and green spaces go from strength to strength. 

    “At a time when parks have been at the heart of every community across the country it is perhaps not surprising that 95% of the public thinks that their local parks and green spaces need to be protected. 

    “This is why the Green Flag Award is so important. It ensures that parks and green spaces are managed to the highest standards and are safe and accessible for everyone to enjoy and we look forward to the next 25 years.” 

    Press Release No 5817

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