Best parks in the region revealed

PUBLISHED: 06:00 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:54 16 July 2018

The Walks, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Walks, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Dozens of parks and green spaces in Norfolk and Suffolk have been named as some of the best in the country.

Holt Country Park.

Picture: MARK BULLIMOREHolt Country Park. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A record number of parks nationwide have collected a Green Flag Award this year, and five of them are in West Norfolk.

The Walks, Tower Gardens, and Mintlyn Crematorium in King’s Lynn and the Esplanade Gardens and Boston Square Gardens in Hunstanton have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.

Councillor Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk deputy leader and cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: “We are absolutely delighted to once again receive five Green Flag Awards.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our parks and gardens to such a high standard.

“The Walks is a busy town centre park popular with families, Tower Gardens and Mintlyn Crematorium are peaceful, contemplative spaces, and the Esplanade and Boston Square Gardens are classic seaside attractions – they’re all so different but all maintained with expertise and hard work by our staff.

“I’d also like to thank our volunteers – they help look after the Esplanade Gardens through our Adopt-a-Bed scheme and truly deserve a share in this award.”

Other parks named the best in the county are Holt Country Park, Pretty Corner Woods in Sheringham, Eaton Park, Taverham Mill and the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

In Suffolk, the Green Flag was awarded to Nowton Park, Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds, West Stow Country Park and Anglo Saxon Village, East Town Park in Haverhill and Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad near Lowestoft.

Tower Gardens, King's Lynn. Photo: John HocknellTower Gardens, King's Lynn. Photo: John Hocknell

Run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, the international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts high environmental standards and is beautifully maintained.

A record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces have received a prestigious Green Flag Award this year.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

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