Bassetlaw Parks fly the flag as two of the country’s best

Bassetlaw Parks fly the flag as two of the country’s best

Two of Bassetlaw’s outstanding parks have again been recognised by the Green Flag Award as some of the very best in Britain.

Kings’ Park in Retford and The Canch in Worksop are among a record-breaking 2,127 UK parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award and celebrate success as part of the scheme’s Silver Jubilee.

The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces and Kings’ Park celebrates receiving the award for the 14th time, while The Canch and Memorial Gardens has achieved the status for the eighth year running.

After 18 months that have seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that Kings’ Park and the Canch have achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the people who make the green space a great space that everyone can enjoy.

Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “All of our parks and open spaces became a lifeline for people during the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated lockdowns, so it is extremely heartening to again achieve Green Flags for two of our most popular parks.

“The Bassetlaw public are always very complimentary about the high standard of horticulture and appearance of our parks and open spaces. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and how beneficial they can be for people’s physical and mental health, especially over the last 18 months. So this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining both parks to such a high standard. It is testament to the hard work of our Parks and Open Spaces team, along with our Grounds Maintenance staff and our civic partners.”

Research carried out by YouGov for Keep Britain Tidy over the summer shows just how important parks are to the British public.  

It revealed that having access to a quality park or green space helped improve people’s mental health with almost six in ten (59%) saying they felt less stressed when using the park and 55% saying they felt more positive in general. That’s why it’s important that parks are managed to the Green Flag Award standard.

The survey also showed that more than half of people (53%) visit a park or green space at least once a week and more than nine in ten (93%) think that parks and green spaces are important to their local community.

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Kings’ Park and The Canch worthy of a Green Flag Award.

“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that these Bassetlaw parks have high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.”

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 on the Green Flag Award website

Last Updated on Thursday, November 18, 2021