Ambitious plans to achieve the much coveted Green Flag Award for Hampden Park and Old Town Recreation Ground have been confirmed by Eastbourne Borough Council.
Local supporters welcomed the news as they gathered this week to celebrate the award being retained for the fourth consecutive year at Princes Park.
Councillor Steve Wallis, Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said, “I’m very proud of the council’s achievements in the parks, gardens and open spaces in Eastbourne.
“The excellence recognised by the Green Flag Award in Princes Park is testament to this commitment and the welcome support of local groups and volunteers.”
Princes Park and Hampden Park have both been protected in perpetuity through the Queen Elizabeth II Fields in Trust scheme.
A boulder and plaque were recently placed near to the main entrance archway of Princes Park recognising this honour.
Cynthia Lilley, from the Friends of Old Town Rec group, said, “The work to secure a Green Flag Award at Princes Park has clearly paid great dividends for users of the park and I’m delighted that the council is now looking to achieve the same for Old Town Rec and Hampden Park.”
In total, 1,476 parks, cemeteries, universities, shopping centres and community gardens nationally have met the high standard needed to receive the award.
The Green Flag Awards are judged by a team of park experts who visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
Sandy Boyce-Sharpe, from the Friends of Hampden Park group, said, “The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park won the Green Flag Award for the first time this year so it is quite something to be ranked alongside venues of this calibre and profile.”
The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run nationally by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign group.