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Warwick District parks set the standard for environmental management


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Warwick District Council, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Oakley Wood were celebrating the news this week that Oakley Wood has once again received a prestigious Green Flag Award, which sets the standard for the management of open spaces across the UK.


Crackley Wood in Kenilworth and Jephson Gardens and Mill Gardens were also recipients of a Green Flag, the international quality mark for parks and green spaces. This year marks the fifteenth consecutive year that Jephson Gardens and Mill Gardens have received a Green Flag. 


Councillor Alan Rhead, the Cabinet member for Climate Change, said: “The past 18 months or so has demonstrated how much we value our parks and open spaces. To receive these Green Flag Awards from Keep Britain Tidy once again is a truly outstanding achievement and demonstrates that local people and visitors to Warwick District are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality.”


Karl Curtis, Director of Reserves and Community Engagement at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, added: “After some significant management that will benefit the wood, its wildlife and many visitors well into the future, the Green Flag award demonstrates all that collective effort is going in the right direction as well as locally helping tackle the ecological and climate crisis we face.”


Work is continuing this autumn at Oakley Wood to promote the establishment of native broadleaved trees as part of a 10-year woodland management plan in partnership with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.


More details on the criteria for achieving a Green Flag Award can be found here.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust should visit their website. 


Written by: David Watkins

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