Tonight [Wednesday 14 October], City Hall, will be going green to thank volunteers, in particular, for their work that has helped the city win Green Flag awards for Eaton Park and Mousehold Heath.
This is the fifth year in a row, Eaton Park has received this award, which recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world; and now Mousehold Heath has received the same acclaim.
The Green Flag Award scheme is managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and this year, Eaton Park and Mousehold Heath join more than 2,000 sites across the country to collect the award for 2020.
Councillor Matthew Packer, cabinet member for health and wellbeing said:
“The people of Norwich have always had a great love and pride for their parks and open spaces and perhaps, this year, that appreciation has been felt even more strongly. This is why it was a top priority for us in the city council to not only keep them open – out of recognition for the invaluable role they play in people’s physical, emotional and mental wellbeing – but also maintain their already excellent standard.
"Norwich City Council will continue to support and invest in its parks and open spaces across the city.
"The work volunteers, friends groups and individuals do alongside us to keep, not just Eaton and Mousehold, but all our parks and open spaces, vibrant, and make them the very best they can be for all to enjoy, is absolutely remarkable and it’s important we show our thanks and support – we’re very grateful to you all.
"The Friends of Waterloo Park are worthy of an extra special mention for their dedication and I feel confident their efforts will be rewarded with a Green Flag next year.”
Commenting on Norwich’s success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.
“It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Norwich City Council has achieved the highest international standards for Eaton Park and Mousehold Heath demanded by the Green Flag Award.”