For the third year running, an Isle of Wight park has been given the prestigious Green Flag status.
Appley Park in Ryde has automatically been given the status this year because, under the rules set by the Keep Britain Tidy group, it was awarded the flag for the last two years.
However, Isle of Wight Council must ensure the park continues to meet high standards and the strict criteria set by the Green Flag Awards judges as there will be an unannounced visit over the next year to inspect the park.
To be awarded Green Flag – which is the land-based equivalent of a beach Blue Flag – open spaces must meet several high standards. This includes good and safe access, be clean and well maintained, have good access to public amenities such as drinking water and toilets and there be regular promotion of the park.
Edward Giles, Isle of Wight Council Cabinet member responsible for the environment said “Appley Park is a very important public amenity and one that is popular throughout the year. The council is dedicated to ensuring our parks are always keep clean so residents and tourists alike can enjoy them.
“It is always pleasing to receive national recognition and we must now continue to maintain our high standards to ensure Appley Park is awarded another green flag next year”
The Green Flag scheme was first set-up by the Civic Trust in 1996 and is recognised as being the benchmark for excellence in recreational green areas.
Appley Park was founded in 1798 and much of the park was landscaped by Humphrey Repton. Many of the original features still survive today.
The new flag will be raised at Appley Park on Wednesday 28 July at 0900 and everybody is welcome to attend. The flag pole is located on the beach esplanade just past Appley Cafe.