Weston-super-Mare’s gardens awarded prestigious Green Flag title

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 July 2015

Friends of Prince Consort Gardens Diana Vannes, Colin Hardy, Steve Monger and Shirley Hardy with councillor Peter Bryant.

Friends of Prince Consort Gardens Diana Vannes, Colin Hardy, Steve Monger and Shirley Hardy with councillor Peter Bryant.

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THE Prince Consort Gardens, which overlooks Birnbeck Pier, is the latest green space in Weston to be awarded Green Flag status.

The prestigious award is run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and recognises well-managed, high-quality green spaces which are open to the public.

The park in Weston-super-Mare divides into two areas – the first is a level space leading onto Upper Kewstoke Road and the second is the cliff face which runs down to Birkett Road.

The garden has a path running through its colourful flower beds and a circular pond with a fountain at its centre.

Jubilee Park in Weston and Uphill Hill Nature Reserve have also been awarded Green Flag status again this year.

North Somerset Council’s executive member for parks and open spaces, Peter Bryant, said: “In North Somerset we are fortunate to have some of the best open spaces in the country, which are enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors every year.

“Maintaining and managing these sites is a real team effort and I would like to thank our staff and our contractor, Glendale Services, who does a tremendous job, despite the financial pressures we continue to face.

“I would also like to pay tribute to all our wonderful volunteers who help look after our open spaces.

“These Green Flag awards would not be possible without their dedication and enthusiasm.”

Restoration of the Victorian shelter in the Prince Consort Gardens is still ongoing, with the Friends of Prince Consort Gardens working with the council and Somerset Wood Recycling to repair its roof and replace its windows and supports.

Marine Cove Gardens, in Burnham’s Esplanade, has also received the Green Flag Award for the fourth year running.

Apex Park in Highbridge was also given an award for the ninth year in a row.

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