North Devon keeps the Green Flags flying for another year

Posted on: 27 July 2017

Bicclescombe Park in Ilfracombe and Yeo Valley Community Woodland in Barnstaple have both retained their Green Flag status, as two of the UKs best green spaces.

The parks are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award this year. This international award is a sign that the parks boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor 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 14th consecutive year that Bicclescombe Park has achieved Green Flag status, with Yeo Valley Community also receiving the Award for the 7th time.

There will be a small flag-raising ceremony at each park, with the public and park visitors encouraged to attend to help celebrate at:

  • Midday on 9 August at Bicclescombe Park in Ilfracombe
  • 10am on Tuesday 1 August at Yeo Valley Community Woodland

Executive Member for Parks, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for Bicclescombe and Yeo Valley again. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors and this award celebrates the hard work that goes into maintaining them to such a high standard – my congratulations to all those involved, especially the community groups for all the hours they dedicate to our parks.”

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. 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.”

Local ward member for Yeo Valley, Councillor Ian Roome says: “Friends of Yeo Valley Woodland work very hard all year round to make this woodland and open space really special. The award means a lot to all those concerned and is a great achievement between the community and the council. The Green Flag Award symbolises the dedication of the volunteers and our staff.”

Local ward member for Yeo Valley, Councillor Joy Cann says: “Winning this award for the 7th year once again recognises all the hard work carried out by the ‘Friends of Yeo Valley Woodland’. It is such a beautiful area and so well maintained that I do hope that many residents will take the opportunity to visit the site. Many congratulations to all those involved.”

Local ward member for Ilfracombe West, Councillor Ian Meadlarkin, says: “It’s great news for Bicclescombe to have been awarded the Green Flag again, congratulations to all involved.”

If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer at one of these parks, please contact the council’s Parks Team on 01271 388326 or email

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