Three more Nottingham parks have gained Green Flag Awards this year, bringing the total in the city with the nationally-recognised standard to 68 – the most for any council area in the country.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Thirty-nine parks in Nottingham have been recognised by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy as among the very best in the UK. The city has also gained twenty-two Community Awards including The Quiet Garden, Sherwood, plus four Green Heritage awards at the Arboretum, the Forest Recreation Ground, Highfields Park and Wollaton Park and three University Green Flags.

The three additional parks which secured their Green Flag status this year are:

• Beeston Sidings Local Nature Reserve
• Priory Park, Dunkirk
• Silverdale Open Space.

All the flags flying this year are a testament to the huge efforts of both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.

The announcement of this year’s Award winners comes in the same week that thousands of people up and down the country are enjoying Love Parks Week (14 – 22 July), an annual celebration of Britain’s fantastic green spaces and the community groups that bring them to life.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Culture, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a total of 39 Green Flag Awards this year from Keep Britain Tidy, bringing our total to more than anywhere else in the country. This Award recognises and highlights the value we put on our parks and green spaces, they are such an important part of people’s lives and well-being in Nottingham. It’s fantastic that Nottingham City Council’s investment in parks has been recognised with these accolades.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our parks and open spaces to such a high standard.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”