North Devon flies the Green Flags for another year

Posted on: 8 August 2019

Bicclescombe Park in Ilfracombe and Yeo Valley Community Woodland in Barnstaple have both retained their Green Flag status as two of the UKs best green spaces.

The parks are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces that have received a Green Flag Award this year. This international award is a sign that the parks boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have 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 in a row.

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: “It is fantastic to hear that Bicclescombe Park and Yeo Valley have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag yet again. This award celebrates the hard work that goes into maintaining these spaces to such a high standard. We know how much quality green spaces matter to our residents and visitors, so would like to extend my congratulations to all those involved, especially the community groups for all the hours they dedicate to our parks.”

Local ward member for Ilfracombe West, Councillor Geoffrey Fowler, says: “This, award which now almost seems an annual accolade, is all down to the hours of hard work that all concerned put in, both in an official capacity and a voluntary one. The Park has always been a credit to the town, long may it continue to be so.”

Local ward member for Ilfracombe West, Councillor Netti Pearson, says: “Bicclescombe Park is a well used and much-loved park and it thrives because it has an active user group, community involvement, and a responsive and imaginative parks maintenance team. The Green Flag award reflects and rewards yet again the efforts of all those involved and the pride our town has in our wonderful park.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners. Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”

If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer at one of these parks, please contact the council’s Parks Team on 01271 388326 or email parks@northdevon.gov.uk.

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