Apex Park in Highbridge

Highbridge’s Apex Park has this week been recognised by the nationwide Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best parks in the country.

Apex Park is among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces in 13 countries around the world that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Cllr Peter Clayton, Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for a 12th time.  It’s worth noting that it’s the first time that Apex Park has scored so high in both the desk assessment and field assessment which has resulted in Apex Park being awarded the highest score possible (80 + points).”

“The judge was thoroughly impressed with the cleanliness and general appearance of Apex Park. Apex Park also scored highly under ‘community involvement’ and I must congratulate the Friends of Apex Park for all they do. The judge also commented on the excellent services that Sedgemoor’s dog wardens provide.”

“It is with thanks to Sedgemoor’s Parks, Clean Surroundings and Dog Warden staff, as well as the incredible support from the Friends of Apex Park Improvements Group, that Apex Parks is in such tip-top condition for the wide range of visitors.”

The judge commented: “Apex Park is an excellent facility that has been developed for both locals and tourists to the area.  It was a pleasure to walk around the site and see what has been achieved; the challenge will continue to be to maintain it in the current climate to a high standard.”

“The lack of recommendations [for improvements] by the judges reflects the belief and understanding at how well the parks team have addressed the needs of the park and that of the users.”

“The Parks staff have an excellent and crucial relationship with the Friends, the café and all of the other users and this is to be applauded. Well done to all involved.”

The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.

Keep Britain Tidy campaign for quality parks and green spaces for everyone, inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more.