Telford celebrates winning a record six Green Flag awards

Telford & Wrekin Council is celebrating today, having been awarded a record six Green Flags for its borough’s parks and green spaces.

Telford celebrates winning a record six Green Flag awards

The news that six of Telford and Wrekin’s sites have achieved the accreditation - the international quality mark for parks and green spaces - is testament to the hard work and dedication of the teams that care for these green spaces so that everyone can enjoy them.

This year, Telford and Wrekin retained its existing four Green Flags for Telford Town Park, Hartshill Park, Dawley Park and Dale End Park, while also winning Green Flag status for an additional two sites for the first time – Bowring Park and Apley Woods Local Nature Reserve.

The six award-winning parks are all owned and managed by Telford & Wrekin Council with support from local volunteer groups.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd MBE said:

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved at Telford and Wrekin’s six Green Flag parks in achieving these awards.

“These sites offer vital green spaces for the community, bringing people together and providing opportunities to lead healthy lifestyles. The staff and volunteers do so much to ensure that they maintain the high standards of the Green Flag Award and everyone involved should feel extremely proud of their achievement.”

Telford’s two newest Green Flag sites won praise from the Green Flag judges.

Bowring Park was described as “an excellent and well maintained local park which is evidently well used and enjoyed by the community. Well deserving of a Green Flag award.”

Apley Woods was praised as “an excellent local nature reserve and one that is clearly being managed well by the council with support from the friends group. A superb asset for the local community and very worthy of a Green Flag award.”

Cllr Carolyn Healy (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for climate action, green spaces, heritage and leisure, said:

“To rack up six Green Flag-winning parks for Telford and Wrekin is absolutely fantastic news and a real testament to all the hard work that our council teams put in, with the invaluable support of volunteers from the many ‘Friends’ groups who help to keep these spaces looking so attractive.”

“Over the last couple of years, we’ve invested in enhancing both Bowring Park and Apley Woods as part of our On Your Side funding programme, so I’m delighted to see them both recognised in the Green Flag awards.

“By working closely with our community, we’re delivering even better parks for our residents.”

Telford Town Park was the first of the borough’s parks to receive a Green Flag award back in 2015 and has maintained its status ever since.

Chris Pettman, Chair of Friends of Telford Town Park, said:

“We’ve had the Green Flag for Telford Town Park for several years now and hopefully we’ll hold it for years to come. It’s important for tourism – it does help to attract people from outside the borough to come to the park and enjoy all its facilities.

“I’d like to say thank you to all the members of our Friends of Telford Town Park group for what they do each year.”

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

A full list of Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces is available here.