Bicc Park proud to win Pride of Parks award

Posted on: 17 March 2016

Bicclescombe Park in Ilfracombe has scooped another prestigious award.

Having flown the Green Flag for the last twelve years, Bicclescombe Park has now achieved the highest rating of five stars in the Pride in Parks awards.

Pride in Parks, which is run by Southwest in Bloom in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society, is awarded to parks and open spaces that demonstrate good community involvement, excellent maintenance and development, and care of the environment.

Members of Bicclescombe Park user group entered the park for the award and were very pleased to accept the award at a ceremony in Exeter earlier this month.

North Devon Council’s Executive Member responsible for parks, leisure and culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “Wow! Another award for Bicclescombe Park and well deserved it is too. To achieve the highest marks possible by the judges just shows what a superb facility the park is and something which the council is very proud of. Well done to everyone involved, particularly our parks team and the very active community, who strive to keep the park to such a high standard.”

Wendy Dunlop-Jenkins, from the Bicclescombe Park User Group, was responsible for nominating the park. Wendy says: “Bicclescombe is such a beautiful park and doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves, so I decided to enter it for the Pride of Parks award. I was so thrilled when I heard that the park had won, and to get the highest rank possible is absolutely brilliant.”

Local ward member, Councillor Geoff Fowler, says: “This is excellent news for Ilfracombe, congratulations to everyone who had an input into making our park such a success for the community.”

Local ward member, Councillor Ian Meadlarkin, says: “I was very pleased to hear of this award, another accolade to everyone who contributes to the well-being of the park and the hard work involved. I was also happy to pledge the vast majority of my community councillor grant towards the new play equipment.”

If you would like to volunteer at Bicclescombe Park, get in touch with the Bicclescombe Park User Group on Facebook or contact the council’s Parks team on 01271 388308.

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