Smiles all round as NHDC wins Green Flag Awards for its parks

PR Date: 
Thursday, 9 August 2018 - 12:30pm

North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) is celebrating after five of its parks and nature reserves have retained their Green Flag status, as part of a national award scheme.

The prestigious Green Flag Awards, which are run by Keep Britain Tidy, recognise the best parks and open spaces in the UK. Sites are judged to ensure spaces are managed to meet the needs of their local communities and maintained to a high standard.

This year the following sites received awards:

  • Oughtonhead Common Local Nature Reserve in Hitchin received the award for a third year running
  • Ivel Springs Local Nature Reserve in Baldock received an award for the fourth year running

  • Howard Park and Gardens in Letchworth received the national award for the fifth year running

  • Norton Common Local Nature Reserve in Letchworth received the award for the ninth year running

  • Priory Memorial Gardens in Royston received the award for the ninth year running

All five sites are managed by NHDC and site maintenance is carried out by John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance, while Hertfordshire County Council’s Countryside Management Service (CMS) advise on habitat management in the Local Nature Reserves. Local volunteer ‘Friends Of’ groups work with both NHDC and CMS at Oughtonhead Common, Ivel Springs and Norton Common.

Cllr Michael Weeks, NHDC's Executive Member for the Environment said, "We are delighted that our parks and nature reserves have again been recognised in this way. North Hertfordshire is incredibly fortunate to have so many wonderful green spaces for residents to enjoy and we work hard to make sure they are well maintained and accessible for people of all ages and abilities."

"Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly together to maintain these high standards and keep our green spaces special."

To find out more about these parks click here

Royston's Priory Memorial Gardens receives a Green Flag Award