Where better to spend your summer holidays than one of Huntingdonshire’s award winning parks? Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Huntingdon and Paxton Pits Nature Reserve at Little Paxton join Priory Park, St Neots, in being awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award®. The Green Flag Award is the parks’ equivalent of the Blue Flag awarded to beaches).

This national award celebrates our commitment to deliver high quality green open spaces for recreation and health, where we choose to live. The award assesses accessibility, community involvement, cleanliness, safety and security.

Green Flag Award 2018/2019

Cllr John Palmer, Executive Councillor for Partnerships and Wellbeing, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the prestigious Green Flag Award again, as this justifiably rewards the huge efforts by our Operations Team in recent months, and clearly demonstrates the extremely high standards we are striving to achieve across all our green spaces throughout the district.”

The award is also a recognition of all the Friends and community groups the council partners with. They have succeeded in raising and applying for funding to make improvements, as well as undertaking work planting trees, wood-chipping paths and putting up bird and bat boxes. If you are interested in volunteering or indeed helping to start a Friends Group for your local park, please email environmental.services@huntingdonshire.gov.uk or call 01480 388388 and ask for the Environmental Services Development Team.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager, Paul Todd, said: “It has been a record-breaking year for Green Flag Awards, and it’s fantastic to see such a diverse range of locations have been recognised. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to experience, and encourage the public to head outdoors, explore their local area and find even more unexpected green spaces they can enjoy.”

This week is Love Parks Week and residents and visitors are invited to keep healthy and active, enjoying the outdoors in Huntingdonshire, a reason so many people choose to move to the area. Activities and events are run in our parks and open spaces, including a programme developed by our Active Lifestyles Team. Visit the Parks and Nature Reserves page for details.