Volunteers praised for keeping parks pristine

PUBLISHED: 06:19 31 July 2014 | UPDATED: 13:37 31 July 2014

Volunteers  at the Jubilee Park have been given a new green flag award for cleanliness.

Volunteers at the Jubilee Park have been given a new green flag award for cleanliness.

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NORTH Somerset has five of the best parks in the country, according to an environmental charity.

Keep Britain Tidy has handed a prestigious Green Flag award to more than 1,400 parks and open spaces across the country.

Jubilee Park (pictured) in Weston and Uphill Local Nature Reserve were among the winners in North Somerset.

Abbots Pool Woodland in Abbots Leigh, Pill’s Watchhouse Hill and Trendlewood Community Park in Nailsea were the other three winners in North Somerset.

In Sedgemoor, Burnham’s Marine Cove Gardens received the Green Flag for the third year running with Apex Park in Highbridge achieving the award for an eighth consecutive time.

Peter Bryant, North Somerset Council’s executive member for parks, said: “These Green Flag awards are a tribute to the hard work of our staff and our contractors Glendale Services who do a tremendous job despite the financial pressures we continue to face.

“I am delighted its efforts have once again been rewarded. Equally, the awards would not be possible without the dedication and enthusiasm of all our wonderful volunteers who help look after our open spaces.

“Maintaining and managing these sites is a real team effort and allows thousands of residents and visitors to enjoy them every year.”

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