Bassetlaw Flies the Flag for Parks Award

Bassetlaw Flies the Flag for Parks Award

Green Flag Award 2023

Two of Bassetlaw’s parks will continue to proudly fly Green Flags after being officially recognised as two of the best open spaces in the country.

Bassetlaw District Council is celebrating after receiving coveted Green Flag Awards for Retford’s Kings’ Park and Worksop’s Memorial Gardens and The Canch, as two of a staggering 2,208 UK winners – another record breaking year for recipients.

The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces and Kings’ Park celebrates reaching this high standard for the 16th time, while the Memorial Gardens and The Canch has won the award for the 10th year running.

Cllr Darrell Pulk, Cabinet Member for Environment and Energy at Bassetlaw District Council said: “We are absolutely delighted to once again receive Green Flag Awards for Kings’ Park and The Canch. These parks have fantastic facilities for all ages to enjoy, including splash parks, multi-use games areas, playgrounds and beautifully maintained gardens.

“The Bassetlaw public are always very complimentary of our parks and receiving these awards is a testament to the dedication of our Parks and Open Spaces team, along with our Grounds Maintenance staff and our civic partners, and the hard work that goes into maintaining both parks to such a high standard.”

The splash park equipment in Worksop received an upgrade this year and now features an aqua dome, tipping buckets and spray cannons for children to enjoy. Kings’ Park also plays host to TaleGate Theatre’s Panto in the Park which brings people from across the district to Retford to enjoy each other’s company and excellent pantomime entertainment.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd MBE said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved at Bassetlaw District Council in achieving these Green Flag Awards.

“Kings’ Park and The Canch and Memorial Gardens are a vital green space for the community in Bassetlaw, bringing people together and providing opportunities to lead healthy lifestyles. The staff and volunteers do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards of the Green Flag Award and everyone involved should feel extremely proud of their achievement.”

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

A full list of Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces is available here.

Visitors to these two parks can even earn rewards by logging sustainable actions such as exploring nature and visiting local parks with Green Rewards ( – an app that will convert these activities into points which turn into shopping vouchers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, December 6, 2023