Keeping the flag(s) flying
Four green spaces within Epsom and Ewell have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.
Our green spaces are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, that have received the 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.
The four green spaces that we put forward for judging for the award were selected as they are broadly representative of the different green spaces within the borough:
- Epsom Common Local Nature Reserve has won the award for the thirteenth consecutive year. It is the largest local nature reserve in Surrey and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Mayor raised the flag at the Epsom Common Day last Sunday (left).
- Ewell Court Park has won the award for the eighth year in a row. The park is the former gardens of the historical Ewell Court House.
- Alexandra Recreation Ground has also won the award for the eighth year in a row. It is a sports ground with facilities for cricket, soccer, bowls, tennis and basketball.
- Rosebery Park has won the award for the seventh year running.
Councillor Barry Nash, Chair of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council's Community & Wellbeing Committee said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive these Green Flag Awards which are a testimony to the hard work of our staff and also to the input and support from community groups and volunteers.
“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our parks and green spaces to such a high standard."
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd 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.”