THREE proud venues in Hucknall and Bulwell are celebrating after retaining their Green Flags — the national benchmark for top-quality open spaces.
Hucknall’s Titchfield Park, Bulwell Bogs and High Wood Cemetery in Bulwell have all been handed Green Flags for the coming year.
The scheme is managed by Keep Britain Tidy, volunteer group the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) and GreenSpace.
They hand out the accolades on behalf of the government as part of an ambition to improve the standards of green spaces across Britain.
All three local areas were awarded the standard as part of a national announcement on Monday, having also held Green Flag status last year.
Titchfield Park, run by Ashfield District Council, is on Park Road and was donated to the town in 1914 by the Duke of Portland.
In recent years a £1.5 million ‘masterplan’ has helped it become a community hub again. Work has included an upgrade of the town’s war memorial, which stands in the park.
Bulwell Bogs, run by Nottingham City Council, is in the heart of the town off Main Street.
The council, with the help of the Friends of Bulwell Bogs volunteer group, has completed several projects, including a £376,000 water park.
High Wood Cemetery, also run by Nottingham City Council off Low Wood Road, is primarily a burial ground but is also promoted as a peaceful open space for relaxation and reflection.
The modern design is for all faiths and features a mixture of meadow grasslands and woodland incorporating artworks.
Phil Barton, chairman of Green Flag Plus Partnership, said: “In these challenging financial times it is heartening that the number of Green Flag awards continues to grow.
“We must ensure these high standards remain.”