St Edmundsbury’s parks are among UK’s cleanest and safest

Four St Edmundsbury parks have received Green Flag awards from Keep Britain Tidy. Pictured: Cllr Joanna Rayner, St Edmundsbury Borough Council cabinet member, with staff and volunteers at Nowton Park. ANL-150722-163206001
Four St Edmundsbury parks have received Green Flag awards from Keep Britain Tidy. Pictured: Cllr Joanna Rayner, St Edmundsbury Borough Council cabinet member, with staff and volunteers at Nowton Park. ANL-150722-163206001
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As the school summer holidays begin, giving parents and children more time to get outdoors, St Edmundsbury’s parks have been named among the best in the country for cleanliness and safety.

The Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds, East Town Park in Haverhill, Nowton Park and West Stow Country Park have all been awarded the Green Flag Award for 2015/16 from national charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The announcement comes with the start of National Love Parks Week (July 24 to August 2), designed to encourage more people to spend time in their local parks.

Cllr Joanna Rayner, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure, culture and heritage, said: “A lot of work goes into keeping our parks looking so great and so clean and the Green Flag award is very much deserved recognition for that huge team effort.

“Now the schools have broken up for the summer holidays, mums and dads will be looking for ways to keep their youngsters entertained.

“So why not let the children run off some boundless energy by taking them to the park to play, discover nature, and perhaps to enjoy a nice picnic.

“Our parks are fantastic places for families to visit. The Green Flag status should give people peace of mind that they are safe, clean and well looked after.

It is the fourth year in a row that the four parks have been awarded Green Flags.