Severn Valley Country Park is recognised as one of the UK’s very best green spaces
Severn Valley Country Park in Alveley and Highley, managed by Shropshire Council, has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world.
The park is among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that has received a prestigious Green Flag Award, the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
This is the record-breaking 15th year in a row that Severn Valley Country Park has been awarded the Green Flag. Staff at the park offer a varied programme of events, a busy school visits programme and organise twice-weekly volunteer days. The cafe at the park offers fresh coffee, ice creams, hot and cold food and panoramic views down the valley.
Tina Woodward, Shropshire councillor for Alveley and Claverley, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the 15th year in a row. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Severn Valley Country Park to such a high standard.”
Dave Tremellen, Shropshire councillor for Highley, said:
“Last year an incredible 15,000 volunteer hours went into managing the parks and open spaces in south Shropshire and ensuring that they are attractive places for people and wildlife. Shropshire Council really appreciate the hard work and dedication of our volunteer teams.”
Councillor Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:
“Severn Valley Country Park is one of our flagship country parks and an important tourist destination in the county. I would urge as many people as possible to take advantage of this wonderful asset, both for its natural beauty and for the benefits to individual health.”
Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award scheme manager, added:
“We are 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 are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”
The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.
Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. We are run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit www.keepbritaintidy.org.
Any green space that is accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award. Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag Award status. A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.