Parks in Belper win Green Flag awards

Belper Parks and Belper River Gardens have both been awarded prestigious Green Flag Awards again.

The two Belper parks join four more across Amber Valley in winning the awards, which are a sign to visitors that the park is well-maintained and well-managed, with excellent facilities.

Belper Parks is celebrating its fifth consecutive award while Belper River Gardens gets its third Green Flag in a row.

Amber Valley councillor Martin Tomlinson, cabinet member for green and thriving places to live, said: “This is a wonderful achievement for Amber Valley and a fitting reward for all the hard work that goes into making these areas so appealing to visitors and such great assets to the borough as a whole.

“A very important element of the success of the flag-winning parks is community involvement, with each of the parks having a Friends group or some kind of community interest group, helping develop new features and maintain the exceptional standards.

“Over the past six years we have also invested more than £3m, in our parks and so it is very pleasing to see this result in six Green Flag awards this year.”

Meanwhile, Pennytown Ponds in Somercotes raises its third flag for the Nature Reserve, which is surrounded by an industrial estate, and Ripley’s Crossley Park is celebrating its sixth award in a row.

Heanor Memorial Park and Cray’s Hill Queen Elizabeth II Park in Swanwick, have won the award for the first time.

Landscape manager Sharon Thomas, who manages the Green Flag Award applications for Amber Valley Borough Council, said: “The team have worked really hard to achieve 100 per cent success this year, but we couldn’t have done it without the public and our partner organisations to help. It is the respect people show to their parks that make all the difference.”

The Green Flag Award Scheme is managed in the UK by Keep Britain Tidy and The Conservation Volunteers and was set up in 1996. Any green space in the UK is eligible to win this award providing it is freely accessible to the public.