Flying the flag for green space

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THREE parks and a recreation ground have won a national Green Flag award for excellence.

Leon Recreation Ground along with Chepstow, Eaglestone and New Bradwell parks have all been recognised with the award – a national benchmark used to classify the best parks and green spaces in the country.

New Bradwell Park is small but has a pond and Loughton Brook running through it. There are areas of long grassland along with play areas for a range of age groups with a football goal and basketball court.

The local community and parish council have started bulb planting for spring colour and created a fruit and nut orchard.

Chepstow Drive Local Park is a bigger area with a mix of grass, mature trees, woodland, water and shrubs. The pond in the middle of the park has reeds and rushes and attracts a lot of wildlife. There are three play areas as well as a kick-about area in a large open space along with a basketball court and a youth shelter.

Eaglestone Local Park is home to a special piece of art, ‘Griffin’ by Lesley Bonner which is located in one of the two popular play areas.

The Activity Centre next to the park provides squash courts, an all weather sports area and meeting place. Regular events are held there throughout the year.

Leon Recreation Ground is a large open space with good play areas for all ages and abilities and is complemented by the addition of a park gym with 10 exercise stations.

Neighbourhood engagement manager for Milton Keynes Council, Maurice Barnes, said: “We are very proud of our excellent open spaces in Milton Keynes and I am delighted these well used parks have been recognised in these national awards.”

Phil Barton, Green Flag Plus Partnership chairman said: “I would like to congratulate this year’s winners, who have worked hard throughout the year to keep their parks and green spaces at a high standard and ensure they are pleasant and enjoyable spaces for the whole community.

“In these challenging financial times it is heartening that the number of Green Flag Awards continue to grow.”