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28 July 2010, 06:00 | Updated: 28 July 2010, 12:16
Fifteen parks in our region have been given Green Flag Awards.
112 green spaces in the South East have been granted Green Flag Awards this year. This is the national standard for parks in the UK and recognises well-managed, high-quality areas.
Green Flag Plus Partnership chairman Phil Barton added:
"These parks and green spaces provide a 'green lung' for people in towns and cities across the country, but they also provide essential locations for play, family interaction and 'getting away from it all.'"
"It is proven that having access to quality green spaces has benefits for people’s mental and physical well-being and the Green Flag shows the public that a park or green space is of the highest standard.
‘We know that 95 per cent of the population think it is important to have green spaces near where they live – a figure that has grown from 91 per cent in the past three years – and that in the most highly urbanised areas of London and the South-East, the figures are even higher."
All of these parks in our region have been awarded a Green Flag this year. Did your local park make the list?
Eastrop Park, Basingstoke
The War Memorial Park, Basingstoke
Lily Hill Park, Bracknell
Pope's Meadow, Bracknell
Sandhurst Memorial Park & Shepherd Meadows, Sandhurst
Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park, Oxford
Florence Park, Oxford
Hinksey Park, Oxford
Caversham Court, Reading
Forbury Gardens and the Abbey Ruins, Reading
Wallingford Castle Meadows, Wallingford
Rooksbury Mill Local Nature Reserve, Andover
Abbey Gardens, Abingdon
Linear Park, Reading
Northcroft and Goldwell Park, Newbury