July 17, 2012 § Leave a comment
Swanpool Local Nature Reserve in Falmouth, Cornwall, is one of a record number of 1424 UK sites receiving a Green Flag Award today – the national award for public and community parks and green spaces.
The record number of sites receiving an award this year ensures that even more of us now have access to well-managed, high-quality green spaces so important for health and leisure activities.
Pete Lochrie, Chair of the Swanpool Forum said: “It’s good for our forum to get some recognition for the husbandry, care, input and enthusiasm for Swanpool Local Nature Reserve that we have exercised over the years. This award gains us a higher profile and will be a helpful aid when we are seeking funding for the upkeep of the Reserve.”
Communities Minister, Andrew Stunell said: “Great parks and green spaces have a huge impact on local communities, providing places to play and relax as well as bringing generations together in a variety of ways. They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages, and the Green Flag Award scheme seeks to help raise the standards of them all. The many excellent stories coming from the scheme prove what communities and volunteers can achieve by working together with professionals in our green spaces. Well done to all those involved in creating these inspirational places for everyone to enjoy.”
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.”