Published Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Today, parks and green spaces across the country will be raising their Green Flag Award with pride in a year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep.
Among them will be five parks in Coventry which are raising a Green Flag Award for the 9th year running – the War Memorial Park, Coombe Country Park, Longford Park, Allesley Park and Caludon Castle park.
Tonight, two of Coventry’s famous landmarks – Whittle Arch and Broadgate – will be joining buildings and landmarks across the country, including the White Cliffs of Dover at Samphire Hoe, the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Salford’s Media City, going green for parks to celebrate Coventry’s Green Flag Award success and to say a massive thank you to the parks staff, volunteers and the Green Flag Award Judges for all their work this year.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with responsibility for parks at Coventry City Council, said: “We’re delighted to receive five Green Flag Awards for the ninth year running.
“These awards are a recognized mark of quality for the city’s parks and it’s wonderful that we are fortunate enough to have some of the best parks in the country. We’re going to be lighting up the city’s Whittle Arch and Broadgate green today to celebrate and thank the park staff and volunteer groups who work so hard to keep our green spaces in their top condition!”
Commenting on Coventry’s success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.
“It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Coventry has achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”