JESUS GREEN has become the third public open space in Cambridge to be officially recognised by the international Green Flag Award scheme as one of the very best managed in the country.
The park, which is managed by Cambridge City Council, received its award during the pandemic but the ceremony to mark the award, which included the raising of the Green Flag, was delayed until 19 October.
The city’s other Green Flag Award sites are Christ’s Pieces and Cherry Hinton Hall Park, which are both also managed by the council.
The Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Russ McPherson, joined other councillors, representatives from the local friends’ group, and council officers to formally mark the achievement.
The 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 and safe and support people to live healthy lives.
As part of the Green Flag Award application process, the council worked with the Jesus Green Association to create a 10-year management plan for the park. This includes a series of proposed actions and improvements which will need to be carried out to ensure the award is retained.
During the 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.
Jesus Green is well known for its riverside setting and its London Plane tree avenue which dominates the centre of the park. It also offers features including Jesus Green Lido, a children’s playground, a popular skateboard area, public tennis courts, a refreshments kiosk and a barbecue area.
Cllr Alex Collis, Executive Councillor for Open Spaces, Sustainable Food and Community Wellbeing, 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.”