Littledown Park in Bournemouth is the first green space, operated by BH Live in partnership with BCP Council, to have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world.

Littledown joins 23 other green spaces across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole that have been awarded recognition, highlighting the quality of the parks and open spaces across the conurbation.

The Green Flag is an international award run by the charity Keep Britain Tidy which sets the benchmark for excellence in recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Littledown is among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award. This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Councillor Felicity Rice, BCP Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Climate Change commented

“We are very proud of our parks and open spaces and are delighted that Littledown Park has joined the prestigious list of Green Flags awarded across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. “These awards are a testament to the dedication of not only the staff who work hard maintaining and enhancing these public spaces all year round, but also to the volunteer groups who tirelessly devote their time and passion working alongside our parks team, to ensure these spaces are enjoyed by all. With both the climate crisis and public health crisis regarding sedentary lifestyles, it is essential to protect and enhance our parks for future generations to enjoy.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:

“It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.” “Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”

The 24 parks and open spaces across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole that received a Green Flag in 2019 include:

  1. NEW Littledown Park (operated by BH Live)
  2. Pelhams Park
  3. Slades Farm
  4. Kinson Common
  5. Redhill Park and Common
  6. Bournemouth Upper, Central and Lower Gardens
  7. Alum Chine including Argyll Gardens
  8. Stour Valley
  9. Muscliffe Park
  10. North Cemetery
  11. Winton Recreation Ground
  12. Queen’s Park
  13. Springbourne Gardens
  14. Fisherman’s Walk
  15. Boscombe Chine Gardens
  16. Boscombe Cliff Gardens and Local Nature Reserve
  17. Seafield Gardens
  18. Tuckton Tea Gardens and Riverlands
  19. Moore Avenue Community Park
  20. Christchurch Quay (in partnership with Christchurch Town Council)
  21. Hamworthy Park
  22. Poole Park
  23. Upton Country Park – Green Heritage Site 2019
  24. The Royal Bournemouth Hospital – which is managed separately – also holds a Green Flag.

The awards have been timed to coincide with Love Parks Week from the 12-21 July, encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy their favourite park.

For a full list of parks run by BCP Council, please visit www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk

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Images:

Green Flag Award 1: BCP Council L-R: Larry Austin, Director of Environment; Chris McMillan, Parks Area Manager Bournemouth; Roger Brewer, Upton Country Park Team Leader Poole; Becky Beaumont, Community and Recreation Officer Christchurch; Councillor Lewis Allison, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Communities.

Littledown Park Green Flag 2019

Notes to Editors

The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. We also campaign for the country to be litter free and waste less. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit www.keepbritaintidy.org.

Any green space that is freely accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award.  Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag Award status.  A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site Accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.