North Devon parks keep the Green Flags flying

The pond at Bicclescombe parkThe pond at Bicclescombe park

Posted on: 21 July 2016

The Green Flags will keep flying at two of North Devon’s green spaces for another year.

Bicclescombe Park in Ilfracombe and Yeo Valley Woodland in Barnstaple have both retained their Green Flag awards, which are given to green spaces that boast the highest possible standards, are beautifully maintained and provide excellent facilities.

Both parks are owned and managed by North Devon Council with the help of very active community groups including the Friends of Yeo Valley Woodland and the Bicclescombe Park User Group.

This is the 13th consecutive year Bicclescombe Park has received the award and the sixth year for Yeo Valley Woodland, which received its highest score to date.

Executive Member responsible for parks at North Devon Council, Councillor Dick Jones, said: “What brilliant news for all those involved in making Bicclescombe Park and Yeo Valley the success they are. We continue to work hard to maintain and improve all our parks but this shows what an impact the active involvement of local communities can have. The Green Flags recognise how much love is shown to these two parks, long may it continue.”

Local Ward Member for Ilfracombe West, Councillor Geoff Fowler, said: Once again the valiant efforts of both Park staff and the Bicclescombe Group have been recognized in obtaining this prestigious award for the Park and Ilfracombe. I would recommend to anyone who hasn’t visited recently to come and view the beautiful flower displays, also as mentioned previously, the great enhancements in the play park for the kiddies to enjoy.”

Local Ward Member for Barnstaple Yeo Valley, Councillor Ian Roome, said: “This is a fantastic result for those who give up their time to make Yeo Valley woodland be a place the local community can enjoy. Lots of local residents visit the woodland to enjoy it’s tranquil environment. I would encourage everyone to come and see this jewel in the crown within Yeo Valley.”

Local Ward Member for Barnstaple Yeo Valley, Councillor Joy Cann, said: “To win this award for the sixth year is a wonderful achievement. Full credit must go to all those that continually maintain the Yeo Valley Woodland site to this very high standard. It is a truly lovely amenity for the the community to use – if you haven’t already been to take in the stunning views, then a visit is well recommended.”

Bicclescombe Park and Yeo Valley Woodland are among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that have been awarded across the UK this year. The awards scheme, now in its 20th year, is run by charity Keep Britain Tidy and is open to parks, cemeteries, universities, shopping centres and community gardens.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager, Paul Todd, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards.”

“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

Flag raising ceremonies will take place on Tuesday 2 August during Bicclescombe Park’s family fun day and Thursday 4 August at Yeo Valley Woodland.

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