Surrey Heath Borough Council announce double celebrations as Lightwater Country Park achieves its first Green Flag Award, and Frimley Lodge Park its 19th.
Lightwater Country Park has been recognised by the Green Flag Award scheme as one of the best in the country. It’s the first time the 59-hectare park in Surrey Heath has been awarded this international mark of quality.
And it was a day of double celebrations in Surrey Heath as Frimley Lodge Park received a Green Flag Award too – for an amazing 19th time.
The parks are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces, and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
The Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr Robin Perry attended the unveiling of the flag at Lightwater Country Park, along with SHBC Leader Cllr Richard Brooks, Portfolio Holder for Places and Strategy Cllr Dan Adams, SHBC Executive Head of Business Daniel Harrison, and members of the Business and Greenspace teams.
Lightwater Country Park is predominantly heathland habitat, but there are also ponds, woodland, meadows and areas of scrub. These habitats offer the opportunity to observe a wide variety of wildlife, birds, mammals, plants and insects.
The area of heathland within the Country Park has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), so is an area of high nature conservation value. The park also offers a café, children’s playground (that will be replaced with a new playground next to the café in Autumn 2019), information point, educational service, walking trails, grazing livestock, bee hive, fishing, plus a leisure centre with associated playing fields and sports facilities.
Frimley Lodge Park, receiving its 19th consecutive Green Flag award, attracts a large number of visitors with its beautiful open spaces, picnic areas, pitch and putt course, newly refurbished children’s playground; as well as a miniature railway, barbecue and private hire areas. Other attractions include a 3G all-weather football pitch, traditional football and cricket pitches, and a café.
Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Places and Strategy Cllr Dan Adams said: “We are absolutely thrilled that SHBC-managed parks now have two Green Flags, with Lightwater gaining its first award. “We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining these parks to such a high standard. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners. Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”