Christchurch Park and Holywells Park given Green Flag Awards
PUBLISHED: 16:25 23 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:25 23 July 2019
Two of Ipswich's main parks have been given awards marking them out as some of the UK's best outdoor spaces.
Holywells Park and Christchurch Park have both been given the Green Flag Award, given to open spaces that are well managed.
Councillor Philip Smart, Ipswich Borough Council's parks and open spaces portfolio holder, said: "Ipswich is fortunate to have some wonderful parks and this is very welcome news alongside both parks being shortlisted for UK's Best Park 2019.
"I would like to thank our staff and volunteers and both Friends groups for their tireless work."
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Peter Gray, chairman of the Friends of Christchurch Park, said: "Christchurch Park is a magnificent green space and one of Ipswich's treasures, so it is marvellous that it has been recognised yet again with this Green Flag award.
"Most importantly, we must thank all the park staff for the hard work they have put in and this is a fitting reward for all they do throughout the year."
Robin Gape, chairman of the Friends of Holywells Park, said: "We, The Friends, are delighted that 2019 sees Holywells Park keep its Green Flag status.
"The award reflects the care, thought and hard work of IBC staff, the various voluntary groups (including The Friends), the organisers of various events, and the public at large.
"Holywells offers visitors a wide variety of things to do, including simply relaxing, in a joyful natural setting."