BCP Cllr Mark Anderson with representatives from Poole Park maintenance team and gardening volunteers, Poole Park Bowling Club, Poole Park Users Group and Friends of Upton Country Park. Photo courtesy of Bournemouth Echo

Poole Park is one among 23 BCP Council parks and open spaces celebrating a Green Flag Award this year.

For the first time, Poole Park has also achieved the much-coveted Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the management of its historic features, joining Hengistbury Head and Upton Country Park as the three BCP open spaces enjoying this special accreditation which is supported by Historic England.

Councillor Mark Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cleansing and Waste, said: “I am once again so very proud of our parks and open spaces that have been awarded Green Flags across the BCP area. This is fantastic news for both residents and visitors, as parks and open spaces have been such a lifeline to everyone during a difficult 18 months.

“As a council, we recognise that our green spaces are vital to our everyday health and wellbeing, and we are committed to protecting and enhancing our outstanding natural environment and preserving it for generations to come.

“These awards highlight what a fantastic job our Parks Team do, in maintaining our green spaces to the highest standards required, despite so many challenges. I would also like to mention and especially thank our dedicated volunteers who provide so much valuable support for our open spaces, everything from litter picking and keeping paths clear, to heathland management and supporting our visitor centres.“

The 23 parks and open spaces maintained by BCP Council that received a Green Flag in 2021 include:

  • Upton Country Park
  • Hamworthy Park
  • Poole Park
  • Springbourne Gardens
  • Slades Farm
  • Queen’s Park
  • Tuckton Tea Gardens and Riverlands
  • Fisherman’s Walk
  • Kinson Common
  • Hengistbury Head
  • Boscombe Chine Gardens
  • Alum Chine including Argyll Gardens
  • Stour Valley
  • Upper Central and Lower Gardens
  • Winton Recreation Ground
  • Moore Avenue Community Park
  • Pelhams Park
  • Redhill Park and Common
  • Seafield Gardens
  • Boscombe Cliff Gardens and Local Nature Reserve
  • Littledown Centre
  • Muscliff Park
  • North Cemetery

Commenting on the announcement of this year’s winners, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “As Green Flag Award celebrates 25 years of raising the standard, Keep Britain Tidy is delighted to be the custodian of a scheme that does so much to ensure our parks and green spaces go from strength to strength.

“At a time when parks have been at the heart of every community across the country it is perhaps not surprising that 95% of the public thinks that their local parks and green spaces need to be protected.

“This is why the Green Flag Award is so important. It ensures that parks and green spaces are managed to the highest standards and are safe and accessible for everyone to enjoy and we look forward to the next 25 years.”

Christchurch Quay and Roeshot Hill Allotments in the BCP area also received Green Flag Awards this year.

The Green Flag Award scheme is managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, and licensed by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. It recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.