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Green Flag Award judges visit Wisbech Park

Custodians of Wisbech Park are keeping their fingers crossed that its prestigious Green Flag Award will be retained for the 11th year running.

Green Flag judging 2018

Judges of the coveted annual award scheme, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, visited the park on Friday, April 20, ahead of delivering their verdict this summer.

Wisbech Park, which is managed and maintained by Fenland District Council, has achieved Green Flag status ever since 2008. It is a sign that a park is welcoming, maintains the highest possible standards, is beautifully kept and has excellent facilities.

Now the council and community groups who help to look after the park are hoping this year's 2018/19 entry, supported by Wisbech Town Council, will be just as successful.

During the judging visit, green space experts Hugh Cripps and Malcolm Busby were given a guided tour of Wisbech Park by Bob Ollier, parks and open spaces manager at Fenland District Council, and its horticultural officer Scott Green.

They spent time inspecting the park's facilities, including its refurbished bandstand, play area, tennis courts, picnic areas, bowling green and maze, as well as its wide variety of trees, shrub beds and wildlife areas.

They also met local community groups including the Friends of Wisbech Park, Wisbech In Bloom and budding gardeners from Wisbech's Meadowgate School, and representatives from Wisbech Town Council, as well as staff from the district council's cleansing team and horticultural contractors, ISS.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: "It's been a fantastic achievement for Wisbech Park to have received 10 Green Flag Awards over the last decade, and our fingers are crossed that the judges will be impressed once again this year.

"The awards recognise the hard work and dedication of our parks and open spaces officers, contractors, and community groups who work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure the park continues to be the best it can be."

St Peter's Gardens in Wisbech is also hoping to retain its Green Flag with an unannounced judging later in the year. This year's awards will be announced in July.

  • The refurbished bandstand is available for free use by local people for music, dance, drama, tea parties, concerts and more. Anyone interested in using the bandstand can contact the open spaces team using the form on the following page; please select 'other' for your enquiry: www.fenland.gov.uk/parksandopenspaces

Article added: April 26, 2018