Page Park in Staple Hill has been presented with a prestigious Green Flag award, which is the national quality standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.
Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Toby Savage joined the Friends of Page Park and members of the local community at the Park on Wednesday 23 July to celebrate the achievement.
The scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces.
Judges assessed the park against eight strict criteria including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Toby Savage said: “I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in bringing Green Flag status to Page Park. It is fantastic news for the local area and everyone can enjoy a great day out here knowing that the park is well loved, cared for and maintained to the highest possible standards.
“Our parks are important community assets and we are lucky to have some of the best in the region here in South Gloucestershire. We are pleased to have invested over £400k into Page Park since 2014 so it can be enjoyed by people now, and for generations to come.”
Steph Purser of the Friends of Page Park said: “The Friends of Page Park are thrilled that our beautiful park now has Green Flag status.
“The restoration project has been a partnership between ourselves and our volunteers, South Gloucestershire Council, our community and the many funding organisations who had faith in the project and gave generously to support it, especially the Heritage Lottery Fund. We have created something very special, an achievement we can all be very proud of.”
The application for a Green Flag award was part of the Heritage Lottery Fund bid to restore Page Park and attract new visitors.
A £1.67 million grant was awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Park for People programme in 2015 to the council and the Friends of Page Park to help restore and improve the park.
Further information on Page Park’s Green Flag status can be found at: www.greenflagaward.org.uk/park-summary/?park=3494