The work by the people of Oulton Broad has paid off as Nicholas Everitt Park was awarded the Green Flag Status for being an outstanding green space
The scheme, run by organisation Keep Britain Tidy runs several awards including the Blue and Green flag awards. The Blue Flag status was recently awarded to the coastal area of Oulton Broad, and now it’s local park has achieved the green area equivalent.
As reported back in April by Love Oulton Broad, locals had been encouraged to donate some time into working on the park, with the aim of achieving the green flag award.
“The group are asking members of the public to volunteer to help with planting, building wildlife habitats, picnic areas and getting the park in Oulton Broad ready for winter.” (April 2011)
This work has certainly paid off and all of those that have put something into the park, can now celebrate at achieving something brilliant for their local town.
Green Flag Plus Partnership chairman Phil Barton told the EDP : “The importance of good-quality green spaces cannot be overestimated. They are central to the growth of our communities, both socially and economically.
“The Green Flag Award Scheme, and its growth, is essential in driving up the standards of our parks and green spaces. Access to quality green space is something we all desire and the scheme plays a key role in providing it.
“In these challenging financial times it is heartening that the number of Green Flag and Community Awards continues to grow. As the value of green space and the role it plays in our communities strengthens, we must ensure these high standards remain.”
This is a great award for Oulton Broad and is just another reason for the thousands of visitors that come to the Suffolk coast and it’s surrounding towns each year.