Tuesday, 30 July 2013

What A Winner!

Photo Credit: Ken Harrison Photography

It's official...Warley Woods is once again of the best green spaces in the country....that makes us very happy.

Viv Cole, Warley Woods Trust Manager told us that Warley Woods in Smethwick is on a par with the country’s finest parks and the Community Trust that manages the site has heard that it will receive a sought after Green Flag for the fifth year running.

Green Flag Awards recognise and reward the best green spaces in the country and sites are judged against eight criteria: a welcoming place; healthy safe and secure; clean and well maintained; sustainability; conservation and heritage; community involvement; marketing; and management.

“All the trustees, staff, volunteers and members of Warley Woods Community Trust are thrilled that the park has been recognised again in this way. The Trust has been focused on making it not just a good park, but a fantastic park for everyone to enjoy. The Trust has used the criteria of the Green Flag Award to help guide its plans and management and the Award proves that the Trust has achieved its aim in making Warley Woods one of the best parks in the country. Although this is our fifth year, we never rest on our achievements and each year we try to make the site look better, do more and involve more people.”

The Trust would like to thank everyone who made this possible, from those members of the community involved in running the park day to day, to those members of the public who just pick up litter to help keep the park looking good. The Trust would also like to thank Sandwell MBC for their support.

This year has seen the highest number of awards handed out – a record 1447 Green Flags and Green Pennants across the UK. Warley Woods Community Trust will be proudly flying its new 2013-14 Green Flag over the Pavilion on Lightwoods Hill shortly.

If anyone would like to join the Community Trust, or volunteer or just find out more then call 0121 420 1061 or join the “Warley Woods Community Trust” Facebook group.

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