Basingstoke parks get Green Flag backing
Eastrop Park has been awarded Green Flag status for the 19th year running, while War Memorial Park has received the same award for the 11th year in a row.
The award, which is nationally recognised as a sign of a well-managed, clean and safe park with excellent visitor facilities, was given to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. This year a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces were recognised.
Eastrop Park has everything from a boating lake and children’s paddling pool to play areas and a tree trail.
War Memorial Park recently hosted B LOVE music festival, and offers visitors a children’s play area and attractive historic parkland, a skate park, sports pitches and all weather tennis courts. It also boasts a woodland walk and an aviary.
Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “It is fantastic that two of our popular parks continue to be recognised as among the best in the country. “This wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and enthusiasm shown by our team at the council.
“Our open spaces are important for wellbeing and leisure activities and last year 200 local volunteers dedicated 11,500 hours to supporting our borough’s green spaces through conservation activities.
“People of all ages have been enjoying a free week of exciting activities in different locations during Love Parks Week which runs until Sunday 22 July.”
For more information about the activities on offer in Basingstoke during Love Parks Week, please visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/loveparks