Green Flag Award announcement 2013:
One of the best in the country - yet again
For the fourth consecutive year, Tarvin Community Woodland in Cheshire is one of the best run green spaces in the country. On July 29th 2013 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 2013, 1,447 (1,424 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, chairman of the Trustees, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Community Award for the 4th year running. This Award recognises and highlights that people in Tarvin and its surrounding area are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality. It reflects all the hard work that is done by the Trustees, volunteers and the individuals and local organisations that provide the funding. We are making great progress with our development strategy and this year we have attracted significant grants to enable a major enhancement to Grogan’s Walk, the main path through the woodland.”
The one kilometre / thirteen acre woodland lies along the A51, Tarvin South-westerly by-pass. It was a piece of land left by the Highways Agency as a screened barrier between the new road and existing housing until the late Jim Grogan and village volunteers turned it into a Community Woodland. Hundreds of native hardwood trees have been planted, it has been brought back under management and wildlife is being encouraged, not least by over forty squirrel-proof nest boxes. It is a nationally recognised case-study of what can be achieved when competent and committed members of the community take over unused public assets; see 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 hard work and dedication of all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.
“Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities. They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages. That is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”
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