Green Flags will once again fly in seven Brighton & Hove parks this summer.
Easthill Park, Hove Park, Kipling Gardens, Preston Park, St Ann’s Well Gardens, Stoneham Park and The Level have all been awarded prestigious Green Flags for excellence.
The national awards, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognise and reward the best parks and green spaces across the country.
The Green Flags are given to parks with the highest possible standards which are beautifully maintained and have excellent facilities.
St Ann’s Well Gardens in Hove flies the flag for the 18th year, while Preston Park celebrates a 17th successive year. Easthill Park in Portslade has picked up its 15th award, Hove Park is celebrating a 13th success while Kipling Gardens in Rottingdean has won its 10th award. Stoneham Park has picked up its 8th award and The Level is flying a Green Flag for the 4th year running.
Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s environment , transport and sustainability committee, said: “It’s fantastic news that we will once again be flying seven Green Flags in parks in Brighton, Hove, Portslade and Rottingdean – a real city-wide success story.
“It’s a fitting tribute to our dedicated staff, friends groups and volunteers who work tirelessly to make sure that the quality is maintained and our parks and gardens are a pleasure to visit all year round.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd, added: “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.”
The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.
Any green space that is accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award. Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status. A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.