The prestigious Green Flag will once again be raised at Long Eaton’s West Park, the second consecutive year the park has achieved the top honour – meaning it remains one of the best in the country.
The Deputy Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mrs Mary Hopkinson officially raised the Green Flag near the park entrance, off Wilsthorpe Road, on Tuesday 18 October at 2pm. She was joined by representatives from West Park Friends Group and park’s staff.
West Park dates back to the early 1900s and is the largest park in the borough covering 127 acres. It boasts an extensive range of sports and recreational facilities including field sports, tennis, outdoor gym, skatepark, splashpad, bowls, and is enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year. Over the last five years improvements have been made to the park including new signage, improved play facilities and a significant tree planting scheme.
The national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the area boasts the highest possible standards and is beautifully maintained.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
“I know local residents share our pride at seeing the Green Flag flying over this much-loved park. The award is testament to the year-round hard work that goes in to ensuring the park is properly maintained and I congratulate everyone involved.
“We hope that as many residents and visitors as possible will join us at the flag raising ceremony and share in the success of achieving Green Flag status for the second year running.”