Two Hinckley parks handed Green Flag awards

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 29 October 2020

TWO PARKS in Hinckley, Argents Mead and Hollycroft Park, have been handed a much-coveted and prestigious ‘Green Flag award’ each.

The award banner being held in Argents Mead (Supplied by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to the Hinckley Free Press)

A Green Flag award is a prestigious accolade as they are only awarded to the best green parks and spaces.

The awarded parks

A fourth Green Flag award was awarded to the Argents Mead park, which recognised Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s ‘substantial investment’ in the park over recent years.

Marking a second victory for the town, Hollycroft Park, collected its eleventh Green Flag award, marking the eleventh year the park’s ‘environmental excellence’ has been noticed by bosses at the Green Flag scheme.

Hinckley’s Hollycroft Park collected their eleventh Green Flag award (Supplied by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to the Hinckley Free Press)

Argents Mead and Hollycroft Park join 2,000 other sites among the country to collect their 2020 awards.

The Green Flag scheme awards well-managed parks and green spaces, and is managed by ‘Keep Britain Tidy’, who are an environmental charity, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government.

Councillors and Charity spokesperson comments

Councillor Bill Crooks, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s Executive Member for Street Scene Services, Parks and Open Spaces, said: “This award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Argents Mead and Hollycroft Park to such a high standard.

“The awards are a particular source of pride in a year when we have all known the value of having great quality green spaces nearby.

“Thanks are due to the staff at the council, and in particular, the Friends of Hollycroft Park Group, for their dedication and hard work that has helped Hollycroft Park to get this much deserved award once again.”

Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive, said:

“This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.

“It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Argents Mead and Hollycroft Park have achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

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