A popular Ruddington, visitor attraction has received its fourteenth consecutive Green Flag Award, acknowledging it as one of the very best parks in the UK.
Of course, Rushcliffe Country Park is also much loved and well used by thousands of village residents – with this safe, open, green space right on our doorstep being especially appreciated by locals during the Coronavirus outbreak.
In fact, these international awards were a little delayed by COVID-19 this year, but it didn’t stop Ruddington again being among a record-breaking 2,061 UK locations which have now received one – giving our 210 acre site the mark of a quality park or green space.
The facility is managed by Rushcliffe Borough Council, whose Portfolio Holder for Community and the Environment, Cllr Abby Brennan, paid us a visit to watch the flag raising in a ‘socially distanced’ ceremony.
After hearing more about the work of local stakeholders, Cllr Brennan said: “It is brilliant that the Country Park has received the Green Flag Award for another year running, highlighting the hard work and dedication of our staff and great volunteers. The importance of green space has been highlighted even more so during COVID-19 and parks such as this allow thousands of residents and visitors to visit and enjoy the fresh air.”
She added: “It is also a celebration of the great work the volunteers carry out so we would like to thank them again in their help to receive this prestigious accreditation once more.”
Chair of Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park Dorothy Pearson said: “We’re really pleased to be able to raise the Green Flag at the park for yet another year. This year we were not able to do as much work as we’d hoped due to COVID-19, but safe work is now starting to pick up again. It’s great to receive the award for the fourteenth year and shows all of our efforts don’t go unnoticed.”
As well as being a boost for the village volunteers, the international award is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.