Green Flag Award announcement 2018:
One of the best in the country - yet again
For the ninth consecutive year, Tarvin Community Woodland in Cheshire is one of the best run green spaces in the country. On July 16th 2018 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.
Keep Britain Tidy reveals the region’s parks and green spaces that have achieved the Green Flag Award, the mark of a quality park or green space.
In total, 1,883 parks, woodlands, cemeteries, universities, shopping centres and community gardens in the UK have met the high standard needed to receive the Green Flag Award or the Green Flag Community Award, in what is another record-breaking year for the Award scheme. Of these 299 are Community Awards and Tarvin was one of three in Cheshire.
Tarvin Community Woodland is owned by the community and extends for about 1.5 km along the A51, Tarvin south-western bypass. It was unique as the first example of using surplus Highways Agency land for community benefit and has recently been extended by a woodland strip that was created in conjunction with local planners and Taylor Wimpey when a new housing estate was built. It is funded by an annual grant from Tarvin Parish Council and its own fund-raising activities. 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”.
Stuart Exell, Chairman, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag (Community) Award for the 9th year. We know how much quality green space matters to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining the woodland to such a high standard. The award reflects on the whole community because the judges look to see how people use and care for the facility, so thank you everyone”.
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:
“We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”
The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.