Following a hugely successful restoration project, Stanmer Park has been officially recognised as one of the country’s best parks.
The popular park, and gateway to the South Downs, has been awarded its first prestigious Green Flag, bringing the total of award-winning parks in the city to eight.
Eight Green Flag Parks
Easthill Park, Hove Park, Kipling Gardens, Preston Park, St Ann’s Well Gardens, Stoneham Park and The Level have all been re-awarded coveted Green Flags for excellence.
Stanmer Park was entered for the national award for the first time since the restoration project was completed last year. The project was funded from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the City Council, Plumpton College and the South Downs National Park Authority.
Councillor Amy Heley, co-chair of the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “For the past two years our parks and green spaces have played a vital role for people during lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely.
“Therefore, I’m thrilled that so many of our city parks have been awarded Green Flags – 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.
“With Green Flags flying in parks in Brighton, Hove, Portslade and Rottingdean, it’s a real city-wide success story.”
Commenting on the news that Stanmer Park has been welcomed into Brighton & Hove’s family of Green Flag parks, Keep Britain Tidy’s Accreditation Manager, Paul Todd, added: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Stanmer Park worthy of a Green Flag Award.
“Stanmer Park, and the other parks also receiving Green Flags this year, are vital green spaces for the community in Brighton and Hove. This award is testament to all the hard work of staff and volunteers, who do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
The Green Flag Award scheme is managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The awards recognise and reward well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.