July 23, 2015
Green Flag Awards delight for Burnham and Highbridge parks

Two parks in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have achieved coveted Green Flag Awards this week, ranking them among the best in the country, it was announced on Thursday, July 23rd.

The awards, announced by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognise the best parks and green spaces across the country.

Marine Cove on Burnham's Esplanade is receiving its Green Flag Award for a fourth year while Apex Park in Highbridge will receive its for a ninth year.

Apex Park received its highest ever score to really highlight how exceptional the park is.

Nationally, 1582 parks and green spaces have received a prestigious Green Flag Award in 2015.

The new 2015 flags will be raised at both locations on Wednesday 29th July during the UK's annual Love Parks Week.

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained, holds regular events, is appropriately marketed and has excellent facilities.

Councillor Ian Dyer, Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, said: "It is with thanks to Sedgemoor’s Parks, Clean Surroundings and Dog Warden staff, as well as the incredible support from the Friends of Marine Cove Gardens and Friends of Apex Park Improvements Group, that both parks are in tip-top condition for their wide range of visitors."

"Sedgemoor District Council is very proud to have once again been recognised in two separate locations for Green Flag awards. Well done to all involved, here’s to another year."

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 Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.


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