18 July 2018

Seven green flags are 'coming home!'

Green Flags will once again be flying in seven Brighton & Hove parks this summer as the council celebrates having some of the finest parks in the country.

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 which are well maintained and have excellent facilities.

St Ann’s Well Gardens in Hove flies the flag for the 18th year, while Preston Park also celebrates a 18th successive year. Easthill Park in Portslade has picked up its 16th award, Hove Park is celebrating a 14th success while Kipling Gardens in Rottingdean has won its 11th award.

Stoneham Park has picked up its 9th award and the Level is flying the a Green Flag for the 5th year running. 

The Level & Kipling Gardens both increased their scores since the last judging.

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s environment , transport and sustainability committee, said:

“We know how much quality parks and green spaces matter to residents and visitors, so 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.”

The parks are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that have been awarded prestigious Green Flag Awards.

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, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.” 

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy.