25 July 2011, 06:00
Six areas of Cambridgeshire have been given "Green Flags" - to say just how good they are especially when it comes to families and children's learning.
Amongst the winners are Jubilee Gardens in East Cambridgeshire and Central Park in Peterborough (full list below), as they are recognised for being ideal places for being clean and a great urban area for teachers to take children out of the classroom in a safe environment.
Across the East of England, 103 parks and green spaces are awarded a Green Flag Award to show, even during the recession, that green spaces acknowledged as vital to local communities.
Throughout the UK 1,288 parks and green spaces will receive the Green Flag Award or Community Award this year, with award-winning sites raising their flags this week.
A major new study by The UK National Ecosystems Assessment (NEA) shows that the health benefits of living with a view of green space are worth up to £300 per person per year.
The Natural Environment White Paper published by the government in 2011, highlights further the importance of our green spaces and the benefits our natural environment has to us all – strengthening the significance of the part we all have to play in developing and protecting it.
Communities and Local Government Minister, Andrew Stunell said: “This year, a record of number of parks and green spaces across the country have been awarded a Green Flag – a testament to all the hard work that local authorities and communities put in to maintaining them. The announcement of this year’s winners also acts as a timely reminder to communities everywhere that there are hundreds of top-quality parks out there to enjoy.
‘Given the important role parks and green spaces play in all our lives, I would like to thank all this year’s volunteer judges for their efforts. I share the joy of communities that, through the scheme, see their local areas flourish.”
GREEN FLAG WINNERS - CAMBRIDGESHIRE
* Jubilee Gardens - East Cambridgeshire
* Central Park - Peterborough
* Itter Park - Peterborough
* St Peters Church Gardens - Fenland
* Wisbech Park - Wisbech