Council is recognised for parks and open spaces

Broxtowe Borough Council has been awarded for the quality of its parks and open spaces.

The council picked up the Most Improved Performer Award for Parks, Open Space and Horticultural Services at the Association of Public Services Excellence (APSE) Performance Network Awards.

The Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Margaret Handley, met the council’s parks and environment team at Hall Om Wong Park in Kimberley to present them with the award and congratulate them on their hard work.

The award judges praised the council for maintaining high service standards and increasing the total area of land maintained, despite reduced budgets.

They also commended the council’s high customer satisfaction rate, reduced sickness levels, the play value of play areas and the number of local nature reserves for the size of the borough.

Cabinet member for environment at the council, Stan Heptinstall, said: “To receive this award is a fantastic achievement for Broxtowe Borough Council and recognises our commitment to improving the local area for our


“The national recognition of this award is a real credit to the dedication of the council employees who work hard every day to ensure we protect and enhance the environment in Broxtowe for future generations.”

The parks and environment team maintain 23 parks and recreation grounds and over 40 open spaces across the borough, including two Green Flag Award winning parks and 13 Local Nature Reserves.

They are also responsible for maintaining cemeteries, allotments, council housing land and floral displays in the borough’s town centres.