Flying the flags. Six Oxford sites named among the UK’s very best green spaces

Published: Friday, 4th August 2017

Six of Oxford’s sites join a record number of parks and green spaces have collected the Green Flag.

Blackbird Leys Park, Bury Knowle Park, Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park, Florence Park, Hinksey Park, and St Sepulchre’s Cemetery in Oxford have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.

Oxford City Council have a number of green spaces that provide places where people of all ages can relax, play, enjoy nature and take part in recreation or sport. These spaces incorporate important historic landscapes and enhance Oxford’s world-famous cityscape.

The six parks are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that will each receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Councillor Linda Smith, Executive Board Member for Leisure, Parks and Sports said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the Green Flag Award for the 11th time.”

“We know how much quality green spaces matters to residents and visitors, and these awards celebrate the dedication to maintaining Oxford Parks to such a high standard.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. 
“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

A full list of award-winning parks can be found on the Green Flag Award website.

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