Newark and Sherwood's parks flying the flag among the best green spaces in UK

18 July 2017

Newark Castle Gardens, Sconce and Devon Park, Vicar Water Country Park and Sherwood Heath, Cockglode and Rotary Woods are among a record number of parks and green spaces which have collected a Green Flag Award  from Keep Britain Tidy

They have all been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as among the very best in the world.

Record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces have been awarded either a prestigious Green Flag Award / Green Flag Community Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Newark and Sherwood District Economic Development Committee chairman Councillor David Lloyd said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive these Green Flag Awards again. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining the parks and green spaces to such a high standard.”

Sherwood Heath, Cockglode and Rotary Woods is a 23-hectare area of lowland heathland, acid grassland and woodland which is managed as a partnership project between Newark and Sherwood District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, the Sherwood Forest Trust, the Forestry Commission and the Friends of Sherwood Heath, Cockglode and Rotary Woods.

Sconce and Devon Park is a beautiful haven right in the heart of Newark which offers visitors a vast range of habitats to explore and the chance to learn about the history of the Sconce site which dates back to the civil war.

Newark Castle and Gardens are attractive, formal gardens bordered by the remaining walls of Newark Castle which was partly destroyed in 1646 at the end of the English Civil War. There are regular brass band performances on Sunday in the bandstand. As well as enjoying the gardens and experiencing the rich history of the site, visitors can take guided tours of the castle towers, undercroft and dungeons and also find out about the castle’s role in the English Civil War.

Vicar Water Country Park, which offers spectacular views across Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, has been mainly formed on the site of former colliery spoil tips which have been transformed into heathland, woodland and grassland.

Sherwood Avenue Park is owned by Newark Town Council and managed and maintained in partnership with Newark and Sherwood District Council.

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.

"Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

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