Green Flag Award announcement 2012:
One of the best in the country - again
For the third year, Tarvin Community Woodland in Cheshire is one of the best community-run green spaces in the country. On July 17th 2012 we received the Community Award, a sign that the site is a well managed and welcoming place, central to the local community. A high-quality green space in Cheshire West and Chester.
The woodland is one of a record number of parks and green spaces receiving the Community Award this year, ensuring that even more of us now have access to well-managed, high-quality green spaces.
In 2012, 1,424 (1,288 last year) parks and green spaces will fly either the Green Flag or Community Award, a sign that the value of green space is widely acknowledged as vital to our communities.
Stuart Exell, current chairman of the Trust, said: “We are very proud to have achieved this award for the third year running. The woodland is a much loved and well used major asset for the village and the award reflects well on the trustees and volunteers who have invested 1250 hours in maintenance and fund-raising in the last year alone. The timing of the award coincides with the presentation at Tarvin Primary School of the 2012 annual Wildlife and Countryside Award created by the Trust as part of its partnership with the school”.
The woodland is virtually unique in the country as a piece of ex-Highways Agency land, now owned by Cheshire West and Chester Council, that has been leased to the community. It is a case Study in the government booklet “Community led spaces”.
Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said:
“We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces. A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the achievements of all those whose hard work and dedication has helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy. I must also thank all this year’s 800+ volunteer judges for their magnificent efforts in assessing an astounding number of applications.”
The Green Flag Award Scheme is managed in the UK by a consortium, comprising Keep Britain Tidy, The Conservation Volunteers and GreenSpace. Known collectively as the Green Flag Plus Partnership, the consortium manages the scheme in England on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government and in Wales for the Welsh Steering Group.
For more information visit:
www.greenflagaward.org.uk www.keepbritaintidy.org www.communities.gov.uk