Mill Meadows is one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.
The Green Flag is awarded each year by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities. It’s the equivalent to a blue flag for a beach.
The award is marked on a set of criteria which not only includes the obvious like being well maintained, secure and safe but its sustainability, conservation and community involvement. Becky Walker, the Recreation and Amenities Administrator at Henley Town Council said, “This award is really about everyone working together. Just some examples of this are that we have a beautiful Wildlife Trail and area now on the Meadows which the Henley Wildlife Group look after and the River & Rowing Museum incorporate the outdoors, wildlife and nature in their education curriculum they offer.”
Mayor of Henley, Councillor Martin Akehurst said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the first time from Keep Britain Tidy. “This Award recognises and highlights that the townspeople in Henley and the tens of thousands of visitors to Mill Meadows are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.”
“I am particular proud of our Parks Service, headed up by Gareth Bartle and his team of seven Park Wardens who maintain this beautiful park with its excellent facilities, and Becky Walker who worked tirelessly in preparing the 5 year Management and Maintenance Plan. This has been an officer driven initiative and I praise the team for their tremendous achievement.“
Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces. “A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy. “Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”
A flag pole will be erected at the entrance of the Meadows to display our flag. Congratulations from the Herald to everyone involved.