Sunbury parks awarded Green Flag status

Sunbury Walled Garden and Sunbury Park have been awarded Green Flag status

Spelthorne Borough Council is delighted to announce that the Sunbury Walled Garden and Sunbury Park have been awarded Green Flag status.

The parks are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces to receive the prestigious Green Flag Award - the mark of a quality park or green space. This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

The historic Walled Garden in Sunbury Park was built in the early part of the 18th Century. Following years of neglect, Spelthorne Council embarked on a restoration project of the two acre garden in 1985. Now home to over 200 varieties of clematis, this 'hidden gem' provides a tranquil spot all year round. Free music concerts are being held in the Walled Garden during July and August - visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/music for details.

Councillor Nick Gething, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "The Walled Garden and Sunbury Park are wonderful places to visit and it's fantastic that they have been recognised by the Green Flag team. A huge amount of work goes into the upkeep and maintenance of the parks and these awards are a tribute to the dedication of everyone involved. Come along to one of the free music performances over the summer and see for yourself why these parks are so special."

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: "We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people."

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