Flying the green flag in parks for Love Parks Week

Eight of our beautiful parks have been re-awarded their prestigious Green Flags.

Easthill Park, Hove Park, Preston Park, Kipling Gardens, Stanmer Park, Stoneham Park, St Ann's Well Gardens and The Level have once again been recognised as some of the country’s best parks.

We’ll proudly fly our 8 green flags to celebrate our wonderful parks and green spaces for Love Parks Week.

This achievement is made possible by the fantastic work of our City Parks team and volunteers.

Rewarding well managed parks

The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well-managed and maintained parks and green spaces across the country.

Different aspects of park management such as safety, cleanliness, litter and waste resources and arboricultural maintenance are judged when awarding parks with Green Flags.

The criteria also considers whether opportunities are available for residents to get involved in the upkeep and enhancement of their local green spaces.

To read more about our Green Flag parks and green spaces, visit our Green Flag award winning parks webpage.

Celebrating Stanmer’s heritage

Stanmer Park has also received Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the first time.

Earlier this year, we completed important and historical restoration work at Stanmer Park to reinstate the estate’s ancient heritage.

The project restored some of the 18th Century landscape and buildings, enhanced the historic and natural features in the park, provided modern facilities and improved access for visitors to enjoy Stanmer’s beautiful estate and woodland.

Stanmer Park is one of 135 parks across the country to receive the very special Green Heritage Site Accreditation.

It was awarded for its local historical interest, high conservation standards and management of its heritage features.

Celebrating parks for Love Parks Week

Love Parks Week is an annual campaign by Keep Britain Tidy to celebrate our local green spaces.

The campaign runs from 28 July to 6 August.

Whether you’re appreciating our national elm collection in Pavilion Gardens or enjoying a picnic in the expansive East Brighton Park, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy the green spaces our city has to offer for Love Parks Week.

From Stanmer Park to Vale Park, our green spaces give us a chance to connect with nature, the city and with others around us.

Join in and celebrate Love Parks Week with us by sharing pictures of our wonderful green spaces on social media using #LoveParks and #LoveParksBH.

An excellent achievement for parks

Councillor Tim Rowkins, Chair of the City Environment, South Downs and The Sea Committee, said: “What an excellent achievement for our parks and green spaces in Brighton & Hove.

“Receiving 8 Green Flag Awards really highlights what a fantastic job our City Parks team, volunteers, ‘Friends of’ and other conservation groups do to maintain these wonderful spaces we all cherish.

“The Green Heritage Site Accreditation is recognition of the hard work that went in to the Stanmer Park Restoration Project and the importance of enhancing historical green spaces to create accessible opportunities for everyone to enjoy.

“Parks and green spaces are absolutely essential for our health and wellbeing, and we’ll be celebrating them for Love Parks Week, which starts today.”

Everyone should feel extremely proud

Paul Todd MBE, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager at Keep Britain Tidy, said: “All 8 Green Flag awarded parks in Brighton & Hove are vital green spaces for the community, bringing people together and providing opportunities to lead healthy lifestyles.

“Staff and volunteers do so much to ensure that parks in Brighton & Hove maintain the high standards of the Green Flag Award and everyone involved should feel extremely proud of their achievement.”

Volunteering in our parks and green spaces

Our CityParks Ranger volunteers carry out practical conservation projects in parks and nature reserves across Brighton & Hove.

Their volunteer tasks include tree planting, coppicing, gardening, path installation and wildflower planting.

To find out more about what CityParks Ranger volunteers do and how you can get involved, visit our volunteer with conservation groups webpage.

If you're interested in working in your local park or as part of a specific action group, you can visit the Brighton & Hove Green Space Forum to find a volunteering opportunity that works for you.

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