Green Flags keep flying high in southern Oxfordshire

Released on July 30, 2015

Two of southern Oxfordshire’s most loved green spaces have again received national recognition.

Abbey Gardens in Abingdon and Wallingford Castle Meadows have both been awarded Green Flag status for the seventh and eighth year running respectively, while the Wallingford site has also received Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the second consecutive year. 

The prestigious Green Flag is a national award given to parks and green spaces across England and Wales by Keep Britain Tidy.  Sites compete annually to be among the best green spaces in the country and need to demonstrate year-on-year improvement in order to retain the award. The Green Heritage Site Accreditation, sponsored by English Heritage, recognises achievements in managing sites with local or national historic importance.

Abbey Gardens is owned and managed by Vale of White Horse District Council.  Wallingford Castle Meadow is owned by South Oxfordshire District Council and managed by The Earth Trust.

Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet Member for Corporate Strategy and Waste at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Abbey Gardens really is a lovely area to spend time and it’s a real credit to our parks and maintenance team that they keep it to such a high award standard.”

Cllr Elizabeth Gillespie, Cabinet Member for Development, Building Control and Housing at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We are delighted that Wallingford Castle has once again received this recognition. It is a wonderful site next to the River Thames offering the opportunity to observe a wide variety of wildlife in an idyllic setting.”

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. 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.”

The announcement of this year’s Award winners comes in the same week that thousands of people up and down the country are enjoying Love Parks Week (24 July to 2 August), an annual celebration of our country’s fantastic green spaces and the community groups that bring them to life.

To get the most out of your local park this summer why not try one of the Love Parks activities available for just £1 – to find out more visit either www.southoxon.gov.uk/loveparks or www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/loveparks