Five of Taunton Deane’s parks and open spaces have been recognised as some of the very best in the world, the borough council has said.
Swains Lane Nature Reserve in Wellington gained a Community Green Flag.
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.
Taunton Deane’s parks are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that have been recognised.
Councillor Vivienne Stock-Williams, executive councillor for sports, parks and leisure, said: “We know how much green spaces matter to our residents and visitors in Taunton Deane.
“We are absolutely delighted to receive these awards for 2018/19.
“They are testament to the dedication of our staff and the wonderful volunteers who put so much effort into maintaining our parks and open spaces to such a high standard.
“It really is an achievement to retain them year on year. They should feel very proud.”
A spokesperson for Sedgemoor District Council said they were “absolutely delighted” that Marine Cove Gardens in Burnham-on-Sea had also been awarded a Green Flag Award.
They continued: “We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication by the Friends of Marine Cove Gardens and the council’s Parks and Clean Surroundings staff that goes into maintaining Marine Cove Gardens such a high standard as well as organising the many events that take place there.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager, Paul Todd said he was delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year.
He added: “[We have had] more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.
“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.
“We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”
The Green Flag Awards scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.