Double accolade for town parks

Published Wednesday, 28 October 2020

TWO HINCKLEY parks are officially among the best in the UK after they were each awarded a much coveted green flag - a prestigious accolade that is only awarded to the very best parks and green spaces.

Argents Mead collected its fourth Green Flag Award, recognising the Borough Council's substantial investment in the town centre park over recent years.

And in a double celebration for the town, Hollycroft Park has also been awarded a Green Flag - the eleventh year that Hollycroft's environmental excellence has been acknowledged by the scheme.

The two award winning parks join more than 2,000 sites across the country to collect the award for 2020.

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.

The award is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Councillor Bill Crooks, the Borough Council's Executive Member for Street Scene Services, Parks and Open Spaces said:

This award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Argents Mead and Hollycroft Park to such a high standard. The awards are a particular source of pride in a year when we have all known the value of having great quality green spaces nearby.

Thanks are due to the staff at the council, and in particular, the Friends of Hollycroft Park Group, for their dedication and hard work that has helped Hollycroft Park to get this much deserved award once again.

Commenting on this year’s success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said:

This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.

It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Argents Mead and Hollycroft Park have achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.