Telford Town Park – hailed last year as the best park in the UK – has again been awarded the Green Flag after a glowing report by a “mystery shopper” representing Keep Britain Tidy.
Keep Britain Tidy told park officials that they would be visited at random after the park scooped the best park in the Fields In Trust awards last December.
The judge was able to visit the park at any time and judging took place on June 11. Here are some of the main points from their feedback:
• On entering the park, people are encouraged to explore
• Staff were extremely friendly and welcoming
• Entrances safe and easy to access
• Car parks clean, litter free and well maintained
• Visitor Centre staff approachable and knowledgeable about facilities on site and forthcoming events
• Toilets and cafes clean, well maintained and open as advertised
• Variety of play equipment for children of all ages and equipment maintained to a very high standard
• No evidence of dog fouling
• Standard of grounds maintenance across the site was extremely good
The judge concluded that overall the Green Flag standard is being maintained on the site and said: “The park is a first class facility and both myself and my family enjoyed our visit and will be making a return visit.”
Telford Town Park will therefore be among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that today received the prestigious Green Flag award.
The award is now celebrating its 20th year and 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 green space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Councillor Liz Clare, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Culture, Sports, Parks and Green Spaces, said: “I am delighted but not surprised that our beautiful Town Park will for the second year running receive a Green Flag award from Keep Britain Tidy.
“The award recognises and highlights that people in Telford and Wrekin are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.”
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, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the awards.
“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.”