Seven up for North Somerset!

The Lake Grounds in Portishead has become the latest open space in North Somerset to be awarded the prestigious Green Flag – the mark of a quality park or green space.

The award, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is well maintained and has excellent facilities.

The Lake Grounds joins Prince Consort Gardens and Jubilee Park in Weston-super-Mare, Abbots Pool Woodland in Abbots Leigh, Watchhouse Hill in Pill, Trendlewood Community Park in Nailsea and Uphill Hill Local Nature Reserve in Uphill who have all been awarded the Green Flag again this year.

“To have seven sites flying the Green Flag this year is an outstanding achievement for all those involved in managing and maintaining these sites, including our contractors Glendale Services and all the wonderful volunteers,” said Cllr Peter Bryant, North Somerset Council’s executive member for parks and open spaces.

“I am absolutely delighted that the Lake Grounds has achieved Green Flag status this year. It has long been regarded as the jewel in the crown for North Somerset and I’m pleased this has now been formally recognised. The Lake Grounds is a perfect example of a Green Flag site, offering a diverse range of uses for visitors, with a strong community spirit at its heart.

“I would like to thank all those who have played a part in obtaining the flag for the site, in particular Pride in Portishead, Portishead in Bloom and Portishead Town Council, all of whom contribute greatly to its upkeep and development.”

The Green Flag awards are now in their 20th year. Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status.