Popular park wins its third green flag

Success story – councillors Clive Walter and Tom Skipp, Castle Point mayor Jackie Govier, councillor Bill Dick and the council’s head of environment, Trudie Bragg

Success story – councillors Clive Walter and Tom Skipp, Castle Point mayor Jackie Govier, councillor Bill Dick and the council’s head of environment, Trudie Bragg

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POPULAR Castle Point park has been recognised as one of the best in the UK for the third year running.

Woodside Park, Thundersley, won the prestigious Green Flag Award, which recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country, for another year.

The national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, allows the distinctive Green Flag to be flown in the park.

To win, parks must have the highest possible standards, be beautifully maintained and have excellent facilities.

Woodside Park, in Manor Road, boasts facilities for cricket, football and bowls, along with open spaces and two children’s playgrounds.

TomSkipp, councillor for environment and leisure, said: “We are delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for a third year.

“It recognises and highlights the benefits of this popular green space.

“There was a lot of community involvement in supporting the bid and we are so proud to have achieved this award for a muchloved recreational area.

“We now intend to look for other areas in our borough where we could gain more of these prestigious awards”

Amanda Martin, owner of Pads and Paws, in Clarence Road, Benfleet, offers a dog walking service in the area and often uses the park.

She said: “I’m not surprised, it’s a really well-kept park. To be fair, most in Benfleet are.

“I walk dogs there quite often as well as going on the Downs and the seawall. It’s a lovely park and it’s nice because you’ve got the woods to enjoy as well.”

Paul Todd, Green Flag award scheme manager, said: “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.”

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8:15pm Mon 11 Aug 14

ChampKind says...

Nice park for now, but will almost certainly be houses in ten years time.
Nice park for now, but will almost certainly be houses in ten years time. ChampKind
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6:05pm Tue 12 Aug 14

yellowfairy says...

Why are all the dignitary's taking the all the credit? Not one word mentioned about the man that actually earned the green flag by keeping the park in such good condition day in day out. Not once but for 3 years on the trot. Shame on the people in the picture.
Why are all the dignitary's taking the all the credit? Not one word mentioned about the man that actually earned the green flag by keeping the park in such good condition day in day out. Not once but for 3 years on the trot. Shame on the people in the picture. yellowfairy
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