The City of Nottingham has just achieved its highest number of Green Flag Awards for its parks and natural spaces since the awards began 20 years ago.
21 parks, 5 local nature reserves and 3 cemeteries attained the awards this year.
The 21 parks are Bulwell Bogs, Bulwell Forest, Clifton Playing Fields, Colwick Country Park, Coppice Recreation Ground, Forest Recreation Ground, Heathfield Park, Highfields Park, King George V Park, Lenton Abbey Park, Lenton Recreation Ground, Nottingham Arboretum, Queen's Walk Recreation Ground, Radford Recreation Ground, Strelley Recreation Ground, Valley Road Park, Vernon Park, Victoria Embankment, Victoria Park, Wollaton Park and Woodthorpe Park. In addition the Arboretum and the Forest both received Green Heritage Awards alongside the Green Flag award.
The 5 Local Nature Reserves are Colwick Woods, Martin’s Pond, Sandy Banks and two Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust sites Harrison's Plantation and Sellers Wood.
The 3 cemeteries are Bulwell (Northern) Cemetery, High Wood Cemetery and Southern (Wilford Hill) Cemetery.
17 Green Flag Community Awards were also handed out to green spaces that are managed by local communities. The recipients are Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens, Brewhouse Yard Gardens, Bulwell Forest Community Garden, Carrington Community Garden, City Hospital Garden, Friends of Green's Mill Community Garden, Holme Pit, Iremongers Pond, Lark Hill Village, Meadows Library Garden, Poplar Park, SALTAR garden, St Ann's Community Orchard, St Leo's Church, St Martin's Church, Stonebridge City Farm and Wollaton Park Community Centre Garden.