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City parks named among country's best

Worcester Editorial 7th Aug, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

TWO CITY parks have been named among the best in the country after scooping a prestigious award.

Gheluvelt Park, on Barbourne Road, and New Road’s Cripplegate Park were selected as two of 1,476 parks and green spaces to receive the Green Flag Award.

Coun Andy Roberts, cabinet member for a cleaner and greener city, said: “Cripplegate Park is very special to me, my mother actually sang in the choir at a ceremony when it first opened.

“The fact that once again Cripplegate and Gheluvelt parks are receiving coveted Green Flag Awards is a reflection of all the hard work, care and dedication the City Council’s cleaner and greener team have contributed behind the scenes.”

Gheluvelt Park was built in honour of those who lost their lives in the First World War and has benefited from £803,000 of Heritage Lottery Funding, while Cripplegate is famed for its arrangement of flower beds, shrub rows, annual bedding, mature trees and open space grassed areas.

The national award is handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and recognises the best parks and green spaces across the country.

Paul Todd, Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager, said: “We are delighted to announce yet another record breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“A Green Flag Away provides national recognition for all the park managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.

“Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant we have given out more awards than ever before.”

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