TORQUAY’S Cockington Country Park has been recognised as one of the very best in the UK.
The park is among a record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces that will receive a prestigious Green Flag Award it was announced on Monday.
The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Managed by the charity Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, more than 350,000 people a year visit Cockington making it one of Torbay’s most popular tourist attractions, as well as being an important asset for local people.
The trust relies heavily on volunteer support which contributes to over 3,000 hours per year and involves local people in practical conservation and horticulture.
The trust has launched a £150,000 Green Heart Appeal to raise funds to make major improvements to the park, including the lakes, the Linhay and the Gamekeepers' Cottage.
Damian Offer, trust director said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for 18th time from Keep Britain Tidy.
“This award recognises and highlights that people who both visit and live in Cockington are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality”.
Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.
“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.
“Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”