Praise for park's owners

JUDGES have praised the owners of a public park for keeping it a jewel in the crown of a Suffolk town.Elmhurst Park, off the Thoroughfare in Woodbridge, has been given the prestigious Green Flag award for the third consecutive year.

JUDGES have praised the owners of a public park for keeping it a "jewel in the crown" of a Suffolk town.

Elmhurst Park, off the Thoroughfare in Woodbridge, has been given the prestigious Green Flag award for the third consecutive year.

The park, owned and maintained by the town council, was given to the town in 1935 by Lord Woodbridge. It was originally part of the gardens belonging to the property Elmhurst, which overlooks the land.

There are eight criteria which Green Flag award judges assess for parks. These are: a welcoming place; healthy, safe and secure; well maintained and clean; sustainability; conservation and heritage; community involvement; marketing and management. Nearly 260 parks have attained Green Flag status this year.

The judges said in their report that Elmhurst Park was "maintained and managed to a high standard by committed and knowledgeable staff".

They added: "The town council has a park of which they are justifiably proud and it is most certainly a jewel in the crown of Woodbridge."

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Lee Nunn, parks manager, said: ''The Green Flag award recognises the town council's dedication to providing excellent green spaces for the people of Woodbridge. As award winners we are very proud of creating and maintaining Elmhurst Park for the whole community.''

The park contains play equipment, a Napoleonic cannon, thatched shelter, an unusual equatorial sundial, a traditional horizontal sundial and a performance area for concerts.

Russell Geen, Woodbridge mayor, said: "We are most grateful to our staff, Lee Nunn and Tony Tate, for what they do in the park. Whenever you walk in this park it is looking beautiful and it is a great credit to the town."

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