One of Swindon’s most popular parks has been named among the nation’s best green spaces.
Lydiard Park has not only been awarded a Green Flag, it has also been handed Green Heritage status in recognition of achieving the required standard in the management and interpretation of a site with local or national historic importance.
It is the first time Lydiard Park has been awarded a Green Flag and it joins Coate Water and Stanton Park in receiving the award after they were confirmed as receiving Green Flags for the fifth and third year, respectively.
Green Flag applications are judged against eight key criteria including sustainability, conservation and heritage and whether the green space is clean and well maintained.
Only green spaces that are open to the public and are free to enter are eligible to win a Green Flag through the scheme, which is supported by the department for Communities and Local Government and environmental charities Keep Britain Tidy, BTCV and GreenSpace.
Green Heritage accreditation is sponsored by English Heritage and entries have to understand and share the heritage value of the site as well as helping people to enjoy the site.
A record number of parks and green spaces have been handed a Green Flag or Community Award this year.
Cllr Garry Perkins, Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Culture, said, “Lydiard is undoubtedly one of the jewels in Swindon’s crown and it is fitting the park has been chosen to receive two such prestigious awards.
“We have a number of fantastic parks in the borough and the fact three of them now have Green Flags is recognition of that. These awards are a great tribute to all the staff who work in our parks throughout the year and make them such great places to visit.”
Watching Lola Majcher, 1, waving a Green Flag Award flag, Swindon Council head of culture Helen Miah said, "winning this wonderful award is so important. It's all about protecting the park for future generations, people like Lola as she grows up, and indeed for her children one day."
Lydiard, Stanton and Coate Water have the chance to receive a further award from the Green Flag Plus Partnership, the People’s Choice Award. The award is voted for by the public and votes can be registered by visiting the Green Flag Award website: www.greenflagaward.org.uk
Top, Lola Majcher, aged 1. Photo: Richard Wintle, Calyx Multimedia.
Below, users, wardens and management staff in front of Lydiard House, back from right, wardens Chris Brett, Craig Dunton, Daniel Dunton, Daniel Young, Chris Walker. Museum attendent Kate Butler, head of culture Helen Miah, Events & Marketing Officer Emma Valentine, park manager Stuart Webb