Parson’s Close Recreation Ground in Leighton Buzzard is one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.
The much-loved site is among a record-breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces that received a prestigious Green Flag Award on Thursday.
A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Originally common land, the over eight acres of land at Parson’s Close has been used for recreation purposes since 1848.
Initially used for sheep grazing, it now boast many preserved mature trees, a children’s play area, skate-park, the splash ‘n’ play and a bandstand.
Its central location makes it accessible by foot, cycle, car, bus and as such is used to host local annual community events. It is also a popular stop for children after school especially given that there are two schools close by, one of which overlooks the park.
Town clerk Mark Saccoccio said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the first time from Keep Britain Tidy.
“This award recognises and highlights that people in Leighton-Linslade are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.
Mayor Ray Berry added: “I know there is a real sense of community and pride among parks users with many residents offering their free time to help out with planting and weeding.
“I am confident the town council and volunteers will enjoy working with the Green Flag Judges to ensure the continued improvement of what this park has to offer.”
Green Flag Commnity Awards were also awarded to Tiddenfoot Waterside Park and Linslade Wood.fs
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.
“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
The announcement of this year’s award winners comes in the same week that thousands of people up and down the country are enjoying Love Parks Week (July 24 to August 2), an annual celebration of the country’s fantastic green spaces and the community groups that bring them to life.