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Green sweep for district's award-winning parks

Four parks in Folkestone & Hythe are once again flying the flag for the district - quite literally - by each being awarded a prestigious international accolade.

Green Flag Award

The Royal Military Canal in Hythe and Folkestone's Lower Leas Coastal Park and Radnor Park - all of which are managed by Folkestone & Hythe District Council - have retained their Green Flag status this year.

Brockhill Country Park in Saltwood, which is maintained by Kent County Council, has also received the same recognition.

The award is given to green spaces which boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.

Cllr John Collier, F&HDC Cabinet Member for Property Management and Grounds Maintenance, said: "It is brilliant to see that these parks have been presented Green Flag awards again.

"With everything that has happened this year, our parks and open spaces have been valued more than ever by our residents.

"Special thanks must go to our excellent team which maintains these parks to such a high standard year in, year out."

The Green Flag Award scheme is managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the country and the world.

KBT chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton added: "It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that F&HDC has achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award."

The Civic Centre was lit up in green this week to mark the achievement, joining hundreds of other buildings across the country. For more information about the Green Flag Award scheme, visit www.greenflagaward.org.uk

Date published: 16 October 2020

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