Three parks in Hastings and St Leonards received the prestigious Green Flag on Thursday (July 23).
Alexandra Park, Hastings Country Park and St Leonards Gardens were commended by the charity Keep Britain Tidy along with five others in East Sussex.
The prize is given to parks and green spaces which achieve the highest possible standards.
Sites are assessed against criteria including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for leisure and amenities cllr Warren Davies said: “We are delighted to receive the Green Flag accolade for excellence year on year as a testament to the quality of our parks in Hastings, a truly exceptional achievement.
“These green spaces are essential to happy, healthy communities and are fundamental to our quality of life and we are proud that residents and visitors are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality.
“I would like to thank our grounds maintenance contractors, The Landscape Group for their tireless efforts in making our parks and gardens look great and the park managers, staff and volunteers for their hard work and dedication which has helped to create these fantastic places for us all to enjoy.
“Next week is Love Parks Week so why not get out there and make the most of these fantastic green spaces we have!”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.
“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
This year a record 1,582 parks and open spaces across the country received Green Flag status following visits from an army of more than 700 volunteer judges.
Communities minister Marcus Jones said: “Parks give millions of people and families a gateway to the great outdoors.
“They breathe life into communities by providing a much needed free space for physical activity and somewhere for children to play and are particularly important in town centres where many residents don’t have their own gardens.
“Its great to see so many of our great parks recognised this year and proudly flying the flag to celebrate all that’s best about our much-loved green spaces.”
For more details about green spaces in Hastings visit: www.hastings.gov.uk/community_living/places_spaces_facilities/allotments_parks_beaches/parks_gardens/.
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