These 21 parks across Devon are officially among the very best green spaces in the country. The prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space – has been awarded to 21 parks across Devon.
This international award, now in 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.
The parks that have been given the award are:
Manor Gardens, Exmouth
Connaught Gardens and Peak Hill Slope, Sidmouth
Seaton Wetlands, Seaton
University of Exeter, St Lukes Campus, Exeter
University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, Exeter
Grand Western Canal Country Park, Tiverton
Yeo Valley Community Woodland, Barnstaple
Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe
Cockington Country Park, Torquay
Stover Country Park, Newton Abbot
The Den, Teignmouth
Decoy Country Park, Newton Abbot
Courtenay Park, Newton Abbot
Kingsbridge Recreation Ground, Kingsbridge
Ham Woods Local Nature Reserve, Plymouth
Devonport Park, Plymouth
Drake’s Place Gardens and Reservoir, Plymouth
Freedom Fields Park, Plymouth
Tothill Park, Plymouth
West Hoe Park, Plymouth
The Hoe Park, Plymouth.
BELOW IS A MAP OF THE LOCATION OF ALL THE PARKS
2017 marks Decoy’s eleventh consecutive year of winning the award, The Den’s ninth consecutive award and Courtenay Park’s seventh consecutive award.
Cllr Phil Bullivant, Teignbridge District Council’s executive for recreation and leisure said: “The Green Flag awards given to Teignbridge for parks in Teignmouth and Newton Abbot are recognition for our hard working staff who look after our green spaces so well. We are delighted that the inclusion of Courtney Park, Decoy Park and The Den together with the numerous Blue Flag awards for our beaches means that Teignbridge has a wide range of nationally recognised areas available for residents to enjoy.
Chrissie Drew, Teignbridge District Council’s Green Spaces Project Officer said: “We are absolutely delighted to have retained our three Green Flag Awards and this is fantastic news for everyone. We appreciate how much quality green spaces matter to our residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining them to such a high standard.”
Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award scheme manager said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”
The announcement has been welcomed by Teignbridge District Council’s ward members:
It’s the first time that the wider Seaton Wetlands site, which is managed by East Devon District Council’s countryside team and its volunteers, has been recognised with a Green Flag.
Councillor Tom Wright, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said that all three awards were well deserved. “The Green Flag Award for Seaton Wetlands recognises the contribution the district council countryside team, staff and volunteers have made to local people and tourists who visit the area. The Wetlands is a well presented and natural site with an abundance of wildlife, it is enjoyed by bird watchers, cyclists, walkers and families looking for safe places for their children to explore.
“I am delighted that Seaton Wetlands has been recognised and it joins Manor Gardens and Connaught Gardens as Green Flag sites which are excellently managed by the district council.”
Countryside Team Leader, Tim Dafforn said: “We are over the moon that Seaton Wetlands has been awarded a Green Flag. There is so much on offer there for people of all ages. The 4km of boardwalk and trails can be explored on foot, bike, pushchair or wheelchair, making the site accessible for the whole family. Visitors can discover amazing wildlife in the bird hides, go pond dipping, enjoy a picnic or take part in public events.
“The site enjoys huge support from local people, visiting school groups, the Axe Vale and District Conservation Society and the Axe Estuary Bird Ringing Group whose hard work has contributed towards this award. The award signifies Seaton Wetlands as a high quality green space and we look forward to welcoming many more visitors over the rest of the busy summer season.”