County Park flies the flag for the town

Tony Newby, Cllr Alan Hills, Gemma Cooper and Matt Jones
Tony Newby, Cllr Alan Hills, Gemma Cooper and Matt Jones

Daventry Country Park has achieved the prestigious Green Flag Award for the 14th time.

The national accolade has been awarded to the park by Keep Britain Tidy in recognition of its excellent facilities and high maintenance standards.

The park, run by Daventry District Council (DDC) and located off Northern Way, Daventry, has received the award in 14 of the past 15 years.

It is also one of only four places in Northamptonshire to receive the Green Flag this year.

DDCs community, culture and leisure portfolio holder Cllr Alan Hills said: “I’m extremely proud and delighted that Daventry Country Park has once again been awarded the Green Flag.

“To receive this national benchmark of excellence for the 14th time is an exceptional achievement.

“It reflects the work carried out in recent years to enhance the park and its facilities. This has included improving the café area, a new nature trail, installing new cycle racks and an information kiosk and organising even more events around the park for visitors to enjoy.”

The Green Flag Award is judged on a range of criteria. These include first impressions when entering a park, how clean, well-maintained, healthy, safe and secure it is for visitors, how well the site is managed and promoted. It also takes account of work which encourages the involvement of the community, sustainability, conservation and heritage.

The Green Flag was hoisted at the Country Park on Monday alongside events for Love Parks Week, a national initiative aimed at celebrating local open spaces.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.

“Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”