Grosvenor and Hilbert Park has joined a list of award-winning green spaces in Tunbridge Wells with the announcement of this year’s Green Flag Awards.
The borough now boasts five Green Flag parks – the others being Calverley Grounds, Dunorlan Park, Woodbury Park Cemetery and The Grove, which all retained their flags for another year. It puts the parks among the best in the UK.
The Green Flag means they are good quality parks and green spaces, and are managed in an environmentally-sensitive and sustainable way; they are considered to be welcoming, healthy, safe and secure for all members of the community.
Councillor Jane March, Cabinet member with responsibility for the parks, said: “A lot of hard work goes into maintaining the parks to a high standard so that our residents and visitors can enjoy them at their best. I am grateful to the parks team and our contractors, and of course for the support of the various Friends groups, as none of this would be possible without their fantastic help.’
It’s been a busy year for Grosvenor and Hilbert Park; two months ago events were held to mark the completion of restoration and improvement work carried out thanks to an award of just under £2.5million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.
Ten years ago, in 2006, Dunorlan Park and The Grove received their first Green Flags. Woodbury Park Cemetery got its first flag in 2008 and Calverley Grounds in 2015.