Five Rugby parks recognised as some of the UK’s very best green spaces

Rugby Green Flag Awards 2019
• Chris Worman (left), Rugby Borough Council Parks and Open Spaces Manager, Dan Green (centre), Head of Environment and Public Realm, and Cllr Howard Roberts (right), celebrate the Gladstone Green Community Green Flag with Ted Hammond and Sheela Hammond from New Bilton Community Association.
Published: Monday, 15th July 2019

RUGBY’s proud record of having some of the best managed green spaces in the country has been recognised with the award of five Green Flags.

Caldecott Park, Millennium Green (Benn ward), Centenary Park (Newbold), Gladstone Green (New Bilton) and the grounds of Rainsbrook Crematorium have all been recognised.

Caldecott Park has now received the accolade for the twelfth year in a row, with each of the other sites retaining theirs following success in previous years.

They are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, that will receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

The Green Flag Awards, organised by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, aim to raise standards in parks and green spaces across the country, promoting well-maintained and well-managed parks with excellent facilities.

Judges assess each park put forward for the award against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

Cllr Howard Roberts, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and public realm, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to retain these five Green Flag Awards that recognise the hard work of our parks and open spaces team and the community volunteers who help manage their local open spaces.

“I am particularly thrilled for the New Bilton Community Association volunteers at Gladstone Green, who deservedly retained the Green Flag Community Award.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and these awards celebrate the dedication that goes into maintaining these parks to such a high standard.”

Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award scheme manager, said:

“It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.”

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”