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Isn’t it good: Parndon Wood

Communities / Wed 7th Aug 2013 pm31 04:52pm

FOR the fifth successive year the town’s Parndon Wood Nature Reserve has been awarded a prestigious Green Flag, which officially recognises it as one of the best kept green spaces in the country.

Parndon Wood Nature Reserve is among a record-breaking 1,447 parks and green spaces that has today received the national award handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

The Nature Reserve is maintained by Harlow Council and volunteers with local organisation ECCO managing the Conservation Centre and running community activities as part of a partnership agreement.

Councillor Mark Wilkinson, Leader of Harlow Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Parndon Wood Nature Reserve has received a Green Flag Award for the fifth year running. This Award recognises and highlights that people in Harlow are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.

“A Green Flag is seen as the gold standard for public spaces that are welcoming, safe and well maintained. The award is testament to the hard work of Council officers and the many local volunteers who help maintain the reserve to this standard.”

Lauren Hull, Conservation Centre Manager at Parndon Wood Nature Reserve, said: “ECCO is very proud to have been running Parndon Wood alongside Harlow Council for over a year now. This fifth consecutive green flag award is a reminder of all the hard work which goes into keeping the Nature Reserve running and providing a great place to visit.

“We are now open five days a week, and are offering more free activities for families throughout the summer holidays and the rest of the year than ever before.

“We are proud that we opened the Burrow Café earlier this year which gives visitors the opportunity to buy refreshments and enjoy them in the peace and quiet of Parndon Wood.

“ECCO has been very busy at Parndon Wood with the increased programme of events, longer opening hours and new café. We have also launched a new website, opened a new shop in Little Walk and continued our charity work in and around Harlow.”

The record number of awards across the country means more people than ever before will have access to well-managed, quality green space, which is vital to people’s health and wellbeing.

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.

“Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities. They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages. That is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”

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