North Devon is recognised as having two of the UK’s very best green spaces

Posted on: 2 August 2018

Bicclescombe Park in Ilfracombe and Yeo Valley Community Woodland in Barnstaple have once again been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as two of the very best green spaces in the world.

The parks join 18 other green spaces in Devon that have been awarded the recognition; and are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that have received a 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.

Both parks are owned and managed by North Devon Council with the help of very active community groups including the Friends of Yeo Valley Woodland and the Bicclescombe Park User Group. This is the 15th consecutive year that Bicclescombe Park has achieved Green Flag status, with Yeo Valley Community receiving the Award for the 8th time.

Executive Member for Parks, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for Bicclescombe Park and Yeo Valley for so many years running.  This award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining both areas, so I would like to extend my thanks to the Parks team at North Devon Council and to the dedicated group of volunteers who keep them both to such a high standard.”

Local ward member for Ilfracombe (West), Councillor Ian Meadlarkin, says: “I am pleased that all the hard work and dedication of all the park users groups and those that look after the upkeep of the grounds have been recognised by the award of the Green flag for yet another year congratulations to you all”

Local ward member for Barnstaple (Yeo Valley), Councillor Joy Cann, says: “I am delighted that once again the Green Flag has been awarded to the Yeo Valley Woodland.  The volunteer group along work extremely hard throughout the year to maintain this area for all in the community to enjoy.  Congratulations and well done to all those involved.”

Local ward member for Barnstaple (Yeo Valley), Councillor Ian Roome, says:  “This accolade is yet again down to the friends of Yeo Valley Woodland. The woodland is a major asset that the community can use to relax and enjoy the green and open space. Well done to all those concerned in retaining the Green Flag status.”

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, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer at the community woodland, please contact the council’s Parks Team on 01271 388326 or email

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