Arnot Hill Park in Arnold is having a double celebration after it was announced that they have been awarded the Green Flag award for the seventh year in a row in the same week that Love Parks Week returns with a family picnic on Friday 2 August.
The national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
The flag will be raised by Mayor Bob Collis on Friday 2 August as part of the Love Parks picnic free event, part of a national week of events. The Arnold event can attract nearly 2,000 people and takes place between 12 and 4pm at Arnot Hill Park.
There will be face painting, arts and crafts, school sports day style races, Dr Bike maintenance workshops, scooter skills, drumming workshops and more. Music and entertainment will be provided by the Maypole Goodtime Band.
Councillor Peter Barnes, Portfolio Holder for Environment said: “We are delighted about winning the Green Flag award for the seventh consecutive year and the picnic in the park is just another example of the great events that take place in the park. We are very proud of the work done by our Park Rangers and Parks team, all year around, to make Arnot Hill Park one of the best parks in the country.”
Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.
“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.
“Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities. They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages. That is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”