Charnwood’s glorious open spaces receive national award

Published: Tue 2nd August, 2022

  • Forest Road Greenbelt, Queen's Park and Chair of the Greenbelt Gardener volunteers, Pat Cook with Green Flag award
    Forest Road Greenbelt, Queen's Park and Chair of the Greenbelt Gardener volunteers, Pat Cook with Green Flag award

Two of Loughborough’s open spaces cared for by the community have been awarded a Green Flag award.

The Forest Road Greenbelt, which is maintained by the Greenbelt Gardener volunteers, supported by Charnwood Borough Council and its grounds maintenance partner idverde has won a Community Green Flag award for the seventh consecutive year.

Queen’s Park in Loughborough has won a Green Flag award for the fourteenth consecutive year, with the Friends of Queen’s Park, the Council and idverde helping to maintain the green space.

Green Flag awards are handed out annually by Keep Britain Tidy who manage the scheme and recognise the hard work of volunteers and organisations in the area.

Cllr Jenny Bokor, the Council’s lead member for Loughborough, said: “We are so proud of our open spaces across the town, and these are fully deserved awards.

“What makes this extra special is the commitment and effort shown by the community to look after an open space for the benefit of others. We are pleased to support the work and we’re committed to working with residents to help create healthy and happy communities in Charnwood.

“I would like to thank the Greenbelt Gardeners, Friends of Queen’s Park, council officers and idverde for their hard work and dedication that they put into the area.”

Pat Cook, Chair of the Greenbelt Gardener volunteers said: “We are extremely proud to receive a Green Flag Community Award and I have to say that it is massively deserved for all the hard work that the Council, idverde and the Greenbelt Gardeners put into the open space.

“It really is a fantastic achievement and receiving this award and seeing so many visitors enjoy this open space really does make all of the hard work worthwhile.”

Lynda Wesson, Chair of the Friends of Queen’s Park volunteer group said: “We are both absolutely delighted and proud Queen’s Park has retained its Green Flag award for the fourteenth year running.

“I know how much people enjoy visiting Queen’s Park and thanks to the hard work of the Council, idverde and Friends volunteers, the park looks fantastic once again this summer.”

East Midlands in Bloom judges visited both sites earlier this month as part of the Loughborough in Bloom judging with results being announced later in the year.

For more information about open spaces in Charnwood visit our webpage.