CHERRY Hinton Hall Park has become the second open space in Cambridge to be officially recognised by the international Green Flag Award scheme as one of the very best in the country.
The park, which is managed by Cambridge City Council, received its award yesterday (Thursday 19 September) at a flag-raising ceremony attended by the Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Gerri Bird.
This international Green Flag Award scheme, run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, is now in its third decade, and recognises parks and green spaces that achieve the highest possible environmental standards, are well maintained, engage the local community and have excellent facilities for visitors.
The park was highly commended by judges, who were particularly complimentary about the strong relationship evident between the council and the Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall group. The group has been instrumental in working with the council on the continued development and improvement of the park over recent years, particularly through the delivery of a £400,000 masterplan, funded by S106 developer contributions.
As part of the application process for the Green Flag Award, the council created a 10 year management plan for the park. This includes a series of actions and improvements which will need to be carried out to ensure the award is retained.
As part of the Green Flag application process, the park was visited and assessed by independently appointed landscape managers working alongside Keep Britain Tidy to ensure it met the award criteria.
Cherry Hinton Hall Park is well known for being the venue of the Cambridge Folk Festival, and for its fine collection of trees. It also offers features including a children’s playground and water play area, an interactive tree trail, ponds and a public tennis court.
Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Open Spaces, said: “The Green Flag Award is a prestigious benchmark of quality for a park or green space – the equivalent of the Blue Flag for beaches. We are delighted that another of our much-loved city parks has been recognised in this way.”
The city’s first Green Flag Award was received last year for Christ’s Pieces, which is also managed by the council.