Romsey War Memorial Park, Valley Park Woodlands Local Nature Reserve in Chandlers Ford and Rooksbury Mill Local Nature Reserve in Andover continue to be some of the very best outside spaces in the UK – and that’s official.
The park and local nature reserves are among a record-breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award. The award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A green flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Valley Park Woodlands has won a green flag for six consecutive years while Rooksbury Mill celebrates its seventh. Romsey War Memorial Park has now collected eight consecutive Green Flag Awards, despite suffering from flooding in 2014.
Community and Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Tony Ward, said: “We are really pleased to have received Green Flag Awards from Keep Britain Tidy for another year. These awards recognise and highlight that people in Test Valley are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
The announcement of this year’s award winners came in the same week that thousands of people up and down the country enjoyed Love Parks Week (July 24 to August 2), an annual celebration of our country’s fantastic green spaces and the community groups that bring them to life.