Suffolk parks, including the Abbey Gardens, in Bury St Edmunds, and Ipswich's Christchurch Park land coveted Green Flag Award
Eleven parks and nature reserves in Suffolk have landed a coveted Green Flag award.
The awards recognise the qualities of a park or green space.
Now into its fourth decade, the prestigious award mark that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities for visitors.
The Abbey Gardens, in Bury St Edmunds, is among the six parks in West Suffolk to have landed the prestigious award.
Nowton Park, Brandon Country Park, Aspal Close, West Stow Country Park and Anglo Saxon Village, and East Town Park, in Haverhill, have each been handed the award.
Three parks in Ipswich have been given the prestigious award, too.
The flag has today been flown at Bourne, Christchurch and Holywells parks.
And as part of the celebration, Christchurch Park’s round pond will join landmarks across the country in lighting up green to show appreciation to those who look after the UK’s green spaces.
Cllr Philip Smart, Ipswich Borough Council’s parks and open spaces portfolio holder, said: “We are delighted to be raising these flags today in our winning parks, but let’s not forget that the true winners are the dedicated parks staff and volunteers who work tirelessly all year round to make improvements to our parks and maintain them to the standards required – thank you, these awards are for you.”
Alton Water Nature Reserve has also been given the award.
Felixstowe Seafront Gardens is the only site in East Suffolk named among the 2,100 sites collecting the award for 2021. The site has also been awarded the coveted 'Green Heritage Site Accreditation' for the management of its historic features.
Cllr Letitia Smith, East Suffolk’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism, said: “East Suffolk Council is absolutely delighted that Felixstowe’s iconic Seafront Gardens has received a Green Flag Award for the sixth year.
“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining the Felixstowe Seafront Gardens to such a high standard.
"This is an opportunity to recognise the volunteer Friends of the Seafront Gardens who work alongside the lead gardeners to help keep the Gardens looking at their best.
“The renovation and refurbishment of the Seafront Gardens was a major investment for the Council, but it has proved money well spent and we are committed to continuing to build on this success to help create a vibrant environment in Felixstowe for visitors and local people alike.”