Canterbury district has scooped four Green Flags in the national awards announced today (Tuesday 16 July).
On the coast, Whitstable has won two Green Flags – Duncan Down for the 14th successive year and Whitstable Castle for a fifth time in eight years – and Reculver Country Park is flying the flag for the second year in a row. And in Canterbury, the Westgate Parks received the award for the third year running.
The Green Flag is a national scheme that recognises parks and green spaces that have high standards of management, follow environmentally-friendly practices and involve the community to create attractive places for people and wildlife to enjoy.
Chairman of the city council’s Community Committee, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “It’s fantastic news that these stunning open spaces have wowed the judges and hit the standards that are required to win a prestigious Green Flag.
“We must thank the huge contribution made by the groups who do so much great work in their respective parks – the Friends of Westgate Parks, the Friends of Duncan Down and the Whitstable Castle Trust. People give their spare time up to help look after our precious parks and gardens and we’re very grateful for this.
“And at Reculver Country Park, the efforts of the council and its partners at the revamped visitor centre, HatHats, to improve the area over the last few years, which includes the children’s play area and more parking, has made this a very popular corner of the district.”
All four winning open spaces are owned by the city council. Whitstable Castle is managed by an independent trust on a day-to-day basis.