In pole position – raising the flag at Waterloo Park
A small event was held to celebrate a big achievement as the Green Flag was raised today at Waterloo Park in Norwich.
The Green Flag recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the international benchmark standard for the maintenance of recreational outdoor spaces around the world.
This is the first year that Waterloo Park has won the award following improvements to the ornamental pond, pavilion, planted areas, park furniture and recreational space. The park now also benefits from a robust ten-year management plan outlining key projects for further enhancements.
The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Dr Kevin Maguire attended the event, along with the Friends of Waterloo Park and members of the council parks and open spaces team.
Councillor Matthew Packer, cabinet member responsible for parks and open spaces, who also attended the event, said:
“It’s fantastic to see the flag being raised at Waterloo Park as recognition of its green credentials and a reward for the ongoing and consistent hard work of the Friends of Waterloo Park (supported by the Catton Grove Big Local), community volunteers and the council.
“This award provides valuable independent feedback from qualified people on our parks, and the management of them.
“The council understand how highly valued and vitally important these spaces are, and to be achieving such a high level of quality and sustainability is really fantastic for Norwich. We’re continuing to invest in, protect and enhance all our parks and open spaces across the city.”
In October 2021, Waterloo Park was among the 2,127 places in the UK to receive this prestigious accolade, along with Eaton Park and Mousehold Heath in the city.
The honour of flying a Green Flag recognises the park as a space that boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained, and has excellent facilities to meet the needs of the communities that they serve.
The Green Flag Awards are now in their 25th year and are run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.