Is your favourite on the list? Best of our region’s open spaces revealed by Keep Britain Tidy
12:17 29 July 2013
Archant Norfolk 2013
Pretty Corner has lived up to its name and earned itself a coveted green flag on its first application.
The 165-acre woodland, near Sheringham, is among a record 121 parks and gardens in the East of England to feature in Keep Britain Tidy’s list of 2013 green flag holders.
The awards are given to sites which score well against eight criteria which include how welcoming they are, cleanliness and maintenance, and conservation.
Councils which run sites in West Norfolk, Wisbech and Lowestoft are also basking in glory today, alongside North Norfolk District Council which owns Pretty Corner and two other flag winners – Holt Country Park, which has now held it for nine years in a row, and Sadler’s Wood, on the edge of North Walsham, which has retained the flag it won for the first time last year.
Paul Ingham, countryside manager with NNDC, said about £180,000 had been invested in Pretty Corner over the past year, using money from the Woodland Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund.
Among measures taken, easier access paths had been laid, signs had been improved, a boardwalk was created over an eroded area, and 20 sculptures, by Hempstead sculptor Mike Thody, had been installed.
Much of the work has been carried out by NNDC rangers Annie Katnoria, Will Fitch and Martin Hope.
Pretty Corner will host a free summer fair on August 22 including donkey rides, face painting, a mini-beast hunt, shelter and sculpture building, woodland crafts, music and storytelling.
Nicholas Everitt Park is proudly flying its green flag for the third year in succession.
The green space, alongside Oulton Broad and close to Carlton Marshes, is kept in award-winning condition by Waveney Norse, working for Waveney District Council, and voluntary group the Friends of Nicholas Everitt Park (FONEP).
It is home to the Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Motor and Sailing clubs and Lowestoft Museum and its location next to the broads means it is a popular place for canoeing and fishing.
The park also features a tearoom, bowling green, tennis courts, crazy golf course, trampolines, bandstand and children’s play area.
This year, FONEP have expanded the wildflower beds near the park entrance and planted more wildflowers around the pond.
Geoff Pipe, of FONEP, said: “We ask people for feedback whenever we get a chance and they often come up to talk to us.
“They always say how well kept it is and how colourful the flowerbeds are.”
Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Borough Council’s portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said the award for four open spaces in the borough showed the parks were “clean and safe for everyone to visit”.
The council started to enter its open spaces for the prestigious award three years ago because it felt its work to keep them in order should be more widely recognised.
Each of the parks awarded a green flag has become a popular destination for residents and visitors over the past few years.
The Walks in King’s Lynn, has been the centre of much attention this year as part of a £400,000 cultural exchange programme, where French artists from Amiens have created a new artistic landscape.
Boston Square Sensory Garden, in Hunstanton, has been designed to stimulate the senses of touch, sight, smell and sound, and Tower Gardens is home to the King’s Lynn war memorial and the famous Greyfriars Tower.
The Esplanade Gardens and Green, in Hunstanton, noted for its flower displays, also picked up a green flag. And Fenland District Council earned the award in Wisbech for St Peter’s Church Gardens, and Wisbech Park.