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Keeping it green - awards for two North Devon parks

[Thursday 19 July 2012]

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Two of the North Devon's green spaces have retained their Green Flag awards for excellence.

Bicclescombe Park in Ilfracombe and Yeo Valley Community Woodland in Barnstaple will be flying their Green Flags for another year, after successfully proving to judges that they are among the best parks and open spaces in the country.

North Devon Council's Executive Member for Culture, Councillor Derrick Spear, says: “I am delighted that we have retained these two prestigious awards. A considerable amount of work has been done by both the council staff and indeed the two communities involved, in partnership with us. This has been clearly rewarded and I would like to thank everyone involved for helping to achieve it."

This is the ninth year that Bicclescombe Park has flown the flag, which is a sign to visitors that the park is well-maintained and well-managed, with excellent facilities.

Ward members for Ilfracombe West, Councillors Geoff Fowler and Philip Webb, say: "Once again all the hard work by the council's Parks team, working with our community, has come up trumps once again. A great accolade for a really lovely place, which is much frequented and enjoyed by both locals and visitors to our town."

Meanwhile, it's the second time that Yeo Valley Community Woodland has been awarded Green Flag status. In just six years the woodland has grown from an unused scrap of land to a much-loved woodland with a very active community group. The involvement of the community is one of the key reasons for the woodland reaching its award-winning status.

Yeo Valley ward member, Councillor Lesley Brown, says: “The residents and users of Yeo Valley Woodland will be delighted that for the second year running the woodland has achieved a Green Flag, and when you are stood at the highest point there is no better place to see the whole of Barnstaple."

There will be flag-raising ceremonies at 10am on Monday 30 July at Yeo Valley Woodland and during the Bicclescombe Park open day on Wednesday 15 August.

More information on all the Green Flag winners is available at the Green Flag website.

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