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Hat-trick of Green Flag Awards for parks

Green Flags 2017
Wycombe District Council has completed a hat-trick after Hughenden Park was awarded a Green Flag Award – joining The Rye and Higginson Park in flying the flag.

The prestigious Green Flag will fly in Higginson Park in Marlow for a fourteenth consecutive year and a seventh successive year at The Rye in High Wycombe – once again placing them among the very best parks in the world.

The Green Flag will also be raised in Hughenden Park for the first time after it was recognised for its beauty and upkeep by the judges to complete the clean sweep for Wycombe District Council, which manages the district’s three major parks. The council unveiled a new play area at the park last week.

Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Cllr Graham Peart said: “We are delighted that Hughenden Park has joined The Rye and Higginson Park in getting the recognition it deserves, which is a beautiful and well managed park that residents, families and visitors to the district thoroughly enjoy.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to our residents and visitors, and these awards not only celebrates the beauty of our parks but also highlights the dedication of the council and our contractor in maintaining them to such a high standard.”

The international Green Flag Award, now in its third decade, is run by Keep Britain Tidy and is a signal to the visitors that the open space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.

“The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”