The Bulwell community is celebrating following the news that one of the town’s parks has been granted a prestigious award.
Bulwell Forest Recreation Ground has gained the Green Flag award for the first time.
The awards programme is a national initiative aimed at recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country.
Bill Blackamore, from the Bulwell Forest Action Group, said: “I was one of the people who met with the judges and they were very impressed by the park, including the pirate-themed play area and the wildflower area.
“The park has had about £200,000 spent on it and it has been transformed, with something for everybody to enjoy.”
He added that it is hoped that the Bulwell Forest Garden would be the next recipient of a Green Flag award.
Councillor Alan Clark, Bulwell Forest Ward and Portfolio Holder for Energy and Sustainability at Nottingham City Council, welcomed the news, saying that the council’s “investment and continued support” had transformed this site into a hugely popular and valuable asset.
He said: “This is part of the city-wide achievement of being the authority with the fourth highest number of Green Flag Parks in the country.
“During the assessment the judge spoke to a number of people on the park and it was great to hear everyone praising the park and saying how lovely it was.”
In a letter to local councilllors, James Tilford, Parks Development Officer (Parks & Open Spaces) at Nottingham City Council, wrote: “”Bulwell Forest recreation ground was judged today for the Green Flag award, a national standard awarded to Parks and Open Spaces of excellence.
“It is with great delight and pride that I can confirm the Park has gained the prestigious Green Flag award.
“Thank you for all your investment and continued support in transforming this site to a hugely popular and valuable asset.”
The award will be celebrated as part of the Fun on the Forest event, which takes place on Saturday 13th September.