Leicestershire’s Hollycroft Park awarded Green Flag for its green space

Published on : Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hinckley's Hollycroft ParkFOR the sixth year running, Hinckley’s Hollycroft Park has been awarded a prestigious Green Flag – the mark of a quality park or green space.

It is among a record-breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces that have received the award, which recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Hollycroft Park is a 1930s park which has retained many of its original features. The bandstand is a popular feature that hosts a number of events throughout the year, attracting both local residents and visitors from further afield. The park also offers a number of other facilities including tennis courts, pitch and putt and a bowling green.

The park is also maintained as a site of horticultural excellence, with a number of different habitats including wildflower areas, as well as the more traditional bedding plant areas.

Councillor Mark Nickerson, the Borough Council’s Executive Member for Parks, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the sixth year running from Keep Britain Tidy.

“This award recognises and highlights that people in Hinckley are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality. It is a popular and beautiful park that has been well visited and used by people from within and outside the borough for many years.

“Thanks are due to the staff at the council, and in particular, the Friends of the Park Group, for their dedication and hard work that has helped Hollycroft Park get this much deserved award.”

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. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

CAPTION: Holding the Green Flag are Council Leader Mike Hall (right) and Ward Councillor Bron Witherford (left). Looking on are councillors, officers and Friends of Hollycroft Park.

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