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Green Flag awards for Newark and Sherwood District Council parks

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Four parks across Newark and Sherwood are celebrating after being recognised with the prestigious Green Flag Award.

All managed by Newark and Sherwood District Council, the successful green spaces are Newark Castle Grounds, Sconce and Devon Park, the combined sites of Sherwood Heath, Cockglode and Rotary Woods at Ollerton, and Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone.

The award, which is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces, celebrates its silver jubilee this year and has recognised a record number of 2,127 sites in 2021.

Newark Castle (52254297)
Newark Castle (52254297)

Newark Castle and Gardens has also achieved the much coveted Green Heritage Site Accreditation, supported by Historic England, for the management of its historic features.

The council said, after 18 months that have seen parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that these local landmarks have achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that make these green spaces a great environment for everyone to enjoy.

Roger Jackson, chairman of the leisure and environment committee at the district council, said: “To win this prestigious award at all four sites we put forward is fantastic and is a celebration of the true team effort that goes into maintaining these spaces for our residents.

“From our own park rangers, grounds maintenance staff, asset management team and site managers to the incredible groups of friends and volunteers whose passion for the parks is palpable, each is vital in preserving the quality of our award-winning spaces.”

Flags will be raised at all four sites over the next few weeks.

A commemorative plaque was added to Newark Castle’s main entrance on Monday.

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