Three is no crowd when it comes to awards
Telford Town Park is flying the flag of success after achieving an international mark of quality and receiving its latest Green Flag award for the third year running.
Now in its second decade, the standard rewards the best green spaces across the world and the green flag demonstrates that the park has the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained with excellent facilities.
Expert volunteers judged the town park in eight separate categories and scored it at 95 per cent. Impressed inspectors made comments such as; “Strong evidence for community involvement,” “landscape and habitats are well managed,” and “there is a great look and feel to the park.”
The award recognises the hard work of groups such as Friends of Telford Town Park, the Southwater Event Group and town and parish councils as well as Telford & Wrekin Council for their dedication to the great outdoors – giving locals and tourists an easy way to find quality outdoor spaces.
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Green Spaces & Parks, Councillor John Minor said: “The Town Park has so much going for it, from tranquil flower and sensory gardens for those looking to relax, pools to fish, bridleways to hack along and cycling routes linked to the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge.
“It’s so well supported by various community and organised groups, that it can host big events like the Carnival of Giants, Spring into the Park and just recently Telfood Feastival in the QEII Fields In Trust Town Park Arena.
Chris Pettman, Chairman of the Friends of Town Park group said: “One of the categories the Green Flag is community involvement, showing how important the Friends’ involvement is. We have around 30 volunteers who help to maintain the park every Wednesday, particularly in the formal gardens so we are really pleased to have been part of achieving the flag.”
Colder weather doesn’t stop fun at the park, with heritage and nature trails open all year round and a photography competition due to be launched on 1 October to kick off the winter season along with the hugely popular Dark Run on 28 October. The Bike Hub will also be running its Learn to Ride programme and Bikeability Level 1 and educational rides over half term.
A range of events are being drawn up for summer 2018 including events to celebrate Telford’s 50th anniversary which will be announced soon alongside established events such as Carnival of Giants and Spring into the Park.