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Guildford's parks amongst the best in the country

Eight of Guildford's parks and green spaces have been recognised as being amongst the best in the UK.

Green Flag Award 2017 Green Flags were again awarded to Allen House Grounds, the Castle Grounds, Riverside Nature Reserve, Stoke Park, Sutherland Memorial Park, Guildford Crematorium, Stoke Cemetery and Chilworth Gunpowder Mills.  

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills is the latest addition to the list of Green Flag Awards received in the Borough, and is important in the history and ecology of Tillingbourne Valley. The management of Chilworth Gunpowder Mills is strongly supported by numerous volunteers who help to keep the site in good order.

Our parks are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award - the mark of a quality park or green space.

Cllr Richard Billington, Lead Councillor for Rural Economy, Countryside, Parks and Leisure, says: "We are delighted to receive the awards again this year, and particularly pleased that Chilworth Gunpowder Mills has been recognised - it's a real hidden gem. I'd like to thank our Parks team, whose hard work all year round keeps our parks and green spaces looking great for everyone to enjoy.

"A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks' managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy. It's also a sign to the public that the space meets the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities. I'm proud that the spaces in Guildford Borough have once again won these awards."

The Green Flag award is a national scheme run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. It recognises and rewards the very best green spaces, which are assessed according to eight strict criteria. These include sustainability, community involvement, horticultural standards, and cleanliness - setting a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.

Successful parks that meet the Green Flag criteria are nationally recognised for being safe and welcoming, providing good facilities and for being maintained to a high standard. Locations across the country are judged by more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to assess which parks are worthy of the Green Flag.

For more information on our parks and green spaces visit our Parks, playgrounds and green spaces page.

Background image: Chilworth Gunpowder Walk. Inset image: Parks team.

Published on Wednesday 19 July.