09:21 July 26, 2022
Eight Suffolk parks will fly prestigious green flags this summer after being recognized for their cleanliness.
Across the east of England, 170 parks have met the high standards required for a coveted Green Flag award in 2022, environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy has revealed.
The Green Flag Award recognizes and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the gold standard for recreational outdoor space management.
This year, eight parks in Suffolk have been honored with the award – sites across the county being praised for their cleanliness and maintenance by volunteers and community groups.
In West Suffolk, Aspal Close in Beck Row, Brandon Country Park, Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds and East Town Park in Haverhill received the award.
On the Suffolk coast, Felixstowe Seafront Gardens, maintained by East Suffolk Council, has been given the green light.
In Ipswich, Christchurch Park, Holywells Park and Bourne Park completed the list of Green Flag Award winners in the county.
Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, Managing Director of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “Parks are an essential part of our green infrastructure, playing a key role in our environmental sustainability.
“They are the beating heart of a community, providing countless benefits to people and wildlife.
“Above all, they provide a haven of greenery that everyone can enjoy, regardless of age, social status or ability to pay for access.
“It is clear from our research that for quality green spaces to contribute significantly to our health and well-being, they must be universally accessible and suitable for use.
“The Green Flag Award is an essential part of ensuring the continued quality of our parks and green spaces, ensuring that they are managed to the highest standards and that they are safe and accessible.”