Dorset parks recognised with Green Flag Awards
Parks in Dorset have been celebrated with national Green Flag awards.
Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch have all had parks recognised by The Green Flag Award Scheme, run in partnership between Keep Britain Tidy, The Conservation Volunteers and Green Space.
Upton County Park, Poole Park and Hamworthy Park have all been recognised in Poole - while Christchurch Quay and 13 parks in Bournemouth were awarded Green Flag status.
Cllr Rod Cooper, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Culture at Bournemouth Borough Council, said: "This is great news for Bournemouth and comes shortly after Bournemouth Parks' success of a Silver Gilt Award at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.
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"This shows our commitment to maintaining and improving the quality of our parks and open spaces across the borough. This is the most Green Flag awards that the Council has ever been awarded, which is a fantastic achievement."
Bournemouth has improved on last year's tally of 11 Green Flag sites and has been recognised this year at Alun Chine & Argyll Gardens, Boscombe Chine Gardens, Lower, Central & Upper Gardens, Moore Avenue Park, Pelhams Park, Redhill Parks & Common, Seafield Gardens, Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve, Winton Recreation Ground, Fishermans Walk, Kinson Community Nature Reserve, Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve and Springbourne Gardens.
Cllr Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation at the Borough Of Poole, said: "High quality green spaces are vital to a happy and healthy lifestyle for everyone in the community.
"We are extremely proud that Upton, Poole and Hamworthy have maintained the high standards achieved in previous years, and that is thanks to the hard work of the council staff and the many volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure they remain wonderful to visit and enjoy."
Upton County Park has been awarded a Green Flag seven times, while this is Poole Park's fifth award and Hamworthy Park's third
Communities Minister, Andrew Stunell said: "Great parks and green spaces have a huge impact on local communities, providing places to play and relax as well as bringing generations together in a variety of ways.
"They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages, and the Green Flag Award scheme seeks to help raise the standards of them all."