THE GREEN flag was raised at Christ’s Pieces today by Cllr Nigel Gawthrope, Mayor of Cambridge, in recognition of its status as one of the very best parks in the country.
The city centre park, which is managed by Cambridge City Council, was awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award in July.
The international award is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and is now in its third decade. It indicates that a park or open space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is well maintained and has excellent facilities for visitors.
As part of the application process for the award, the council produced a 10 year management plan for the park. This includes a series of improvements and actions that will need to be carried out to ensure the award is retained.
Cllr Gawthrope said: “The Green Flag Award is a prestigious international benchmark of quality for a park or green space – the equivalent of the Blue Flag for beaches.
"I am delighted that Christ’s Pieces is a 2018 award winner and the first Green Flag park in Cambridge.
“The award cannot be given without community involvement and the local residents association has played a vital role alongside the council in gaining this accolade.”
Independently appointed landscape managers working alongside Keep Britain Tidy visited and assessed Christ’s Pieces to ensure it met the criteria for the award.
Christ’s Pieces is a Victorian park with tree-lined avenues, formal seasonal bedding displays and wildflower areas. Among the other features of the park are:
- Four free-to-use tennis courts
- Play area for under-6s
- Refreshment kiosk
- Bowling green
- Public toilets with disabled facilities
- A rose garden established in 1999 in memory of Princess Diana
The council hopes to build on the award by earning further flags for its parks and open spaces.