Essex County Council is today celebrating after four of its Country Parks were awarded Green Flag status, an award that recognises some of the best green spaces in the country.
Danbury and Great Notley Country Parks have both achieved Green Flag status and Cudmore Grove and Belhus Country Parks have both retained their Green Flag status having previously been awarded the honour in 2015.
The Green Flag Award® scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK. It was first launched in 1996 to recognise and reward the best green spaces in the country.
Cllr Simon Walsh, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “It is fantastic to see Essex Country Parks achieve this national standard and recognition.
"Our parks really are going from strength to strength. There are lots of fun, organised activities for the children and great family events; Sky Ropes, Stick Man and the Gruffalo trails remain popular favourites and there are plenty of places off the beaten track for our regular dog walkers and ramblers. While the weather is nice why not visit your local Essex Country Park and enjoy the great Essex outdoors!”
The Green Flag applications included the site management plans along with evidence of good practice in environmental management, community involvement, customer service, site presentation and sustainability for each park. The judges visited the parks in June this year to make their assessments.
Essex Country Parks are currently offering a car parking season ticket which gives unlimited parking at all the Country Parks for £40 for six months or £60 for the year, available to buy at your local park – though cash may be needed as some parks can’t accept credit cards.