In 2005, Holt Country Park was the first in Norfolk to win a Green Flag - an award that demands year-on-year improvement for the status to be retained. It’s been an exciting twelve months for the park with the addition of a new wildlife garden and the sighting of a Scarce Tortoiseshell butterfly. Until 2014 there has been only one sighting of the butterfly (also known as the Yellow Legged Tortoiseshell) in Britain.
Holt Country Park was joined by Sadler’s Wood, just outside North Walsham, when it achieved a Green Flag in 2012, and then by Pretty Corner Woods the following year. A joint application was made this year for this first time by NNDC and the Woodland Trust. Woodland Trust manages the adjacent ‘Old Wood’ which is now included by the Green Flag award.
The three sites are among a record-breaking 1582 parks and green spaces that have been awarded with a prestigious Green Flag Award for 2015/2016.
Becky Palmer, NNDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Cultural Services, said: “North Norfolk has a host of beautiful open spaces and I am delighted that Holt Country Park, Sadler’s Wood and Pretty Corner Woods have attracted national recognition once again.
“The Green Flag Award highlights that our staff take great care in looking after our green areas for the benefit of the many groups, visitors and residents who enjoy them throughout the year.
Cllr. Palmer added: “Not only do our award-winning green spaces offer peace and tranquillity; they are also wonderful places for children and their families to have fun while learning about our natural environment. Come and visit this summer, our countryside rangers have a full programme of activities for the whole family to enjoy!”
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 visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”