News MBC flies the flag as four of the country’s best parks

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Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) is delighted to announce that four of its parks have been recognised as some of the country’s best parks and presented with a Green Flag Award today Thursday 14 October.

The parks which have been recognised in the borough of Maidstone are MBC’s Clare Park, Cobtree Manor Park (managed by the Cobtree Trust), Mote Park and Whatman (Millennium River) Park.

In a record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award, as the scheme marks its Silver Jubilee, the MBC parks are four of 2127 celebrating success today.

The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.  In celebration of the national recognition, MBC grounds maintenance staff will be raising the Green Flags with great pride today and in Maidstone the Town Hall will be ‘going green’ tonight.

Chair of Communities, Housing and Environment Committee and MBC Deputy Leader Jonathan Purle said:

“After 18 months that have seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that four of our parks have achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the MBC team that make the green spaces such wonderful places for everyone across Maidstone to visit and enjoy. As a close neighbour to Whatman Park I am particularly pleased to see that it has been recognised in this way.”

Commenting on the news that the four Maidstone Borough Council managed parks have achieved the Green Flag Award standard, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd added:

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Clare Park, Cobtree Manor Park, Mote Park and Whatman Park worthy of a Green Flag Award.”

“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that all four have high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and are places that supports people to live healthy lives.”

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

In celebration of this year’s announcement, Green Flag Award is asking buildings and monuments around the UK to #GoGreenForParks today to show appreciation for the spaces that mean so much to people.

To find out more about the parks in and around Maidstone please visit the MBC website: Maidstone Parks

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