Top marks for borough parks
Eastrop Park and War Memorial Park have retained the prestigious award for being beautifully maintained, clean and safe, with excellent facilities for visitors.
Eastrop Park has held Green Flag status for the past 22 years, while War Memorial Park has received the same award for 14 years.
The awards, which are in their silver jubilee year, are an international quality mark for having the highest possible environmental standards.
During the last 18 months parks and green spaces have played a vital role as a place for people to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely during the pandemic and the awards are testament to the hard work and dedication of the council's grounds maintenance teams that make these parks an area for everyone to enjoy.
Cabinet Member for the Natural Environment and Climate Improvement Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “Eastrop Park and War Memorial Park continue to be recognised as among the best in the country and this is in no small part due to the hard work of the council's grounds maintenance team who look after them so well.
“These parks have been central to helping many of us through government COVID-19 restrictions and to have them recognised in this way shows the positive impact that these landscaped open spaces, colourful flowerbeds and woodland walks have on our wellbeing."
Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Eastrop Park and War Memorial Park worthy of a Green Flag Award.
“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure the high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.”
For more information about local parks visit https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/local-parks