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Chairman of the Council Cllr Dale Grounds, Stephen Whetton and environment workers from the Council

Seven Ashfield parks awarded coveted Green Flag Award status

Ashfield District Council is celebrating after 7 of its parks received a coveted Green Flag Award for 2023 including a new award for Kings Mill Reservoir.

6 further parks across the District have also retained their Green Flag status - they are Portland Park, and Kingsway Park, Kirkby; Brierley Forest Park, and Sutton Lawn, Sutton; Selston Country Park; and Titchfield Park, Hucknall.

The Green Flag award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.

Over the past 4 years the Council has invested over £2 million into parks and green spaces, improving play facilities, footpaths, accessibility and enhancing natural environments.

Recent work at Kings Mill Reservoir includes the installation of 2 accessible pedestrian entrances, footpath improvements, restoration of the viaduct, refurbishment of the café and visitor centre, new signage, removal of old fencing, and creation of wildlife areas.

Kings Mill Reservoir is also home to one of the Council’s £62.6 million Towns Fund projects. Work has now started to extend the car park to create an extra 136 spaces to accommodate more visitors. The car park will complement the brand new purpose-built boathouse which will feature space for water sports equipment as well as a restaurant and function space.

Cllr Samantha Deakin, Executive Lead for Parks and Environmental Services said:

“Ashfield’s green and open spaces are important to our residents as places they can enjoy in their leisure time, visit with their friends and family or to exercise. Often a retreat away from the busy and demanding world, we are proud that seven of our parks have received these awards so a huge thank you to the teams for all the work they put in every year to maintain such high standards.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd MBE said:

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved at Ashfield District Council in achieving these Green Flag Awards.
“These parks are vital green spaces for the community in Ashfield, bringing people together and providing opportunities to lead healthy lifestyles. The staff and volunteers do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards of the Green Flag Award and everyone involved should feel extremely proud of their achievement.”