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More of Nottingham’s parks and green spaces than ever will be flying the Green Flag Award this year.

22 parks in Nottingham have now been assessed by Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag award scheme as amongst the very best in the UK,. This year two additional Nottingham parks have secured their Green Flag status: Sellers Wood Nature Reserve and Colwick Country Park. Nottingham has also been awarded a total of 15 Community Awards, three more than last year including Summerwood Allotments, Brewhouse Yard Gardens and Poplar Park.

The Green Flag award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

All the flags flying this year are a testament to the 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 (24 July to 2 August), 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 22 Green Flag Awards this year from Keep Britain Tidy. This Award recognises and highlights the value we put on our parks and green spaces, they are an important part of people’s lives and wellbeing in Nottingham. It is fantastic that Nottingham City Council’s investment in parks has been recognised with these accolades.”

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.