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Rugby keeps the Green Flags flying

FIVE of the borough's parks and green spaces have received Green Flag Awards - with Caldecott Park securing the prestigious prize for the eleventh year in a row.

The West Midlands winners of the 2018 Green Flag Awards were announced during a ceremony at Walsall Town Hall, with Newbold's Centenary Park retaining its Green Flag for a third year.

Green Flag 2018Millennium Green, in Craven Road, and New Bilton's Gladstone Green both retained Green Flags after securing the status for the first time in 2017.

And the grounds of Rainsbrook Crematorium also won a Green Flag following its first success a year ago.

The Green Flag Awards, organised by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, aim to raise standards in parks and green spaces across the country, promoting well-maintained and well-managed parks with excellent facilities.

Judges assess each park put forward for the award against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and public realm, said: "The Green Flag Awards set a high benchmark for parks and green spaces, and we're delighted to have retained all five of our flags in 2018.

"The council's parks team works hard all year round, but volunteers and residents also play a vital role in helping us keep our parks and green spaces places we can all enjoy."

Paul Todd, international manager of the Green Flag Awards, said: "We're delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.

"Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.

"We're proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy and hope next year we award even more flags."

Photo caption: Flying the flag - (left to right) Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and public realm, council green spaces officer, Colin Horton, gardener, Michael Gibson, and park ranger, Trevor Hoyte, celebrate Caldecott Park's eleventh Green Flag Award.

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