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Five parks in Adur and Worthing awarded prestigious Green Flag

Released: Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Five parks in Adur and Worthing have been awarded the Green Flag for the highest environmental standards and beautiful maintenance.

In Worthing, Highdown Gardens, Field Place and Marine Gardens were awarded the Keep Britain Tidy charity gold standard while in Adur Lancing Manor Park was successful and, for the first time, Buckingham Park in Shoreham made the prestigious list.

Photo: Shoreham's Buckingham Park made the prestigious Green Flag list for the first time

PR19-112 - Buckingham Park, Shoreham

Cllr Emma Evans, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, said:

“I am delighted that Buckingham Park has joined Lancing Manor on our list. It’s a testimony to the hard work of our parks staff and volunteers. Our green spaces are tremendously important and we must do all we can to preserve them in a fit state for future generations.”

Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services, said:

“This is great news for the three excellent and much loved green spaces. Good news keeps coming for Highdown after the award of Lottery funds earlier this month and Field Place and Marine Gardens really are outstanding places in which to rest or play.”

Because Highdown, Marine Gardens and Lancing Manor have been awarded the Green Flag before judges from Keep Britain Tidy ‘mystery shopped’ the green spaces, dropping in unannounced to ensure the standards are being maintained. All three passed without problem.

Photo: Highdown Gardens, Worthing

PR19-112 - Highdown Gardens, Worthing

Buckingham Park was being judged for the first time with experts particularly impressed with the maintenance of the sports pitches and the robot used to mark out the lines.

For Field Place, the venue owned by the borough council but operated by South Downs Leisure as a wedding and corporate function venue, judges have now put the venue in the highest possible award bracket with the new wedding garden deemed to be particularly impressive.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:

“It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”

In Worthing Beach House Park lost its Green Flag but the Council has pledged to have thorough review of the aims and purposes of the green space with new Parks and Foreshore Manager Philippa Reece who is an experienced Green Flag judge tasked with bringing forward proposals. Meanwhile Denton Gardens, entered for the first time, also failed to be included but with plenty of pointers towards a successful bid next year.

The five successful Green Flag parks are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world that today (July 16) receive a prestigious award - the mark of a quality park or green space.

Find out more about the Green Glag Awards

Photo: Lancing Manor Park has been awarded the Green Flag for the second year running

PR19-112 - Lancing Manor Park

Photo: Worthing's Marine Gardens

PR19-112 - Marine Gardens, Worthing

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