SOLIHULL’S 15 Green Flag parks have had their status renewed for a second consecutive year.
The sites are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces which received one of the prestigious awards this year from Keep Britain Tidy.
The scheme, now into its 22nd year, recognises and rewards well managed and clean parks and green spaces.
Councillor Joe Tildesley, cabinet member for leisure, tourism and sport, said: “I’m delighted our parks and green spaces have received 15 Green Flag Awards for the second year in a row.
“I know how important high quality green areas are to residents and visitors; these awards recognise and celebrate the dedication that goes into maintaining our parks and open spaces for all to enjoy.
“A big thank you must also to all the residents, community groups, local businesses and council staff who have all worked hard to earn these awards.”
As well as traditional parks, some more surprising UK green spaces have achieved the awards this year, including university campuses, shopping centres, the Thames Barrier Park, War Memorials and burials sites.
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It has been a record-breaking year for Green Flag Awards, and it’s fantastic to see such a diverse range of locations have been recognised.
“We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to experience, and encourage the public to head outdoors, explore their local area and find even more unexpected green spaces they can enjoy.”
If there is not yet a Green Flag flying in your local park and you would like to support an application to obtain one then please contact Love Solihull on [email protected] or 0121 704 6673.
To find out more about the Green Flag Award visit their website greenflagaward.org
The borough’s 15 parks which received the award are:
– Brueton and Malvern Park
– Tudor Grange Park
– Shirley Park
– Palmers Rough Local Nature Reserve / Jacey Park, Shirley
– Elmdon Park
– Hillfield Park and Local Nature Reserve, Monkspath
– Olton Jubilee Park, Lyndon
– Knowle Park
– Bentley Heath Park
– Dorridge Park
– Lavender Hall Park, Balsall Common
– Meriden Park, Chelmsley Wood
– Babbs Mill Park, Kingshurst
– Robin Hood Cemetery
– Woodlands Cemetery