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SWT celebrates Green Flag Awards

15 October 2021 : Council news, Community, Sport and leisure

Seven of Somerset West and Taunton’s parks and open spaces have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the country thanks to the hard work of the Council’s grounds team and local volunteers.

Blenheim Gardens in Minehead received a Green Flag Award for the second year.

Taunton’s Vivary, Victoria and French Weir Parks have retained their Green Flags and Comeytrowe Park, managed jointly by the Council and the Friends of Comeytrowe Park, retained its Community Green Flag Award.

Swains Lane Nature Reserve in Wellington, which is managed by the Swains Lane Community Group, retained its Green Flag and Wellington Park also kept a Green Flag Heritage Award,

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.

The seven SWT sites are among a record-breaking 2,127 parks and green spaces that have received prestigious Green Flag Awards as the scheme marks its Silver Jubilee, this year

Cllr Derek Perry, Executive Member for Sports, Parks and Leisure, said “I am delighted that we have retained all our awards this year proving that our parks and open spaces boast the highest possible standards.

“SWT appreciates how much these spaces are valued by our residents and visitors, particularly during the last 18 months when they have played a vital role as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely.

“I would like to thank the Council staff and everyone who has worked with us to maintain this international recognition.”

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making these parks and green spaces 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 support people to live healthy lives.”

A full list of Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces is available on the Green Flag Award website.