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Flying the flag for North Norfolk: Holt Country Park, Sadler’s Wood, near North Walsham, and Pretty Corner Woods, by Sheringham, named among best parks in country

PUBLISHED: 00:15 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 00:16 18 July 2017

Pretty Corner Woods by Sheringham. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Pretty Corner Woods by Sheringham. Picture: Ally McGilvray

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They are the benchmark for public parks and green spaces across the country.

Pretty Corner Woods by Sheringham. Picture: NNDC Pretty Corner Woods by Sheringham. Picture: NNDC

And three beauty spots in North Norfolk have retained their Green Flags.

Holt Country Park, Sadler’s Wood, near North Walsham, and Pretty Corner Woods, by Sheringham, have been confirmed among best open spaces in the UK.

It is the 13th year in a row that Holt Country Park has been able to fly the Green Flag, which denotes a welcoming, safe, clean and well-managed site.

The award demands year-on-year improvement for the status to be retained.

Sadler's Wood near North Walsham. Picture: NNDC Sadler's Wood near North Walsham. Picture: NNDC

Holt Country Park was joined by Sadler’s Wood, just outside North Walsham, when it achieved a Green Flag in 2012, and then by Pretty Corner Woods the following year.

All three are run by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), with part of Pretty Corner Woods run by the Woodland Trust.

Councillor Maggie Prior, NNDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, said: “We are delighted that all three sites have retained their hard won status.

“A lot of hard work goes into making sure these beautiful places stay both welcoming and in excellent condition.

Holt Country Park. Picture: NNDC Holt Country Park. Picture: NNDC

“Don’t forget that we also organise events at these locations, so you can choose to visit any one of the three as part of an organised event or in your own time.”

The award, organised by Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

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