Bogs ‘now most popular park in city’

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PROUD volunteers who have inspired the success of the Bulwell Bogs recreation site have hoisted their seventh consecutive Green Flag award.

The nationwide accolade honours parks and open spaces that are clean, tidy and a hub for the community.

A revamp of the popular Bogs park at the heart of the town, off Main Street, over the last decade has been mainly down to the efforts of the Friends Of Bulwell Bogs group.

The organisation’s chairman is Coun Jackie Morris (Lab), who is a member of Nottingham City Council, which owns the Bogs.

Coun Morris said: “We are very proud. The Bogs is now among the sites that have held Green Flags for the longest, and it is the most popular park in Nottingham.

“This is national recognition, not just local.”

The city council helps with projects at the Bogs but Coun Morris estimates that 80% of the money spent at the site has been raised by volunteers.

Schemes in recent years have included a £376,000 water park and a £30,000 memory garden.

There are also plans to move, brick by brick, the 17th-century Bulwell Dovecote to the site from Commercial Road.

OUR PHOTO shows Coun Morris (right) with fellow members of the Friends Of Bulwell Bogs group — DISPIC NHUD11-3242-1.