Melton Borough Council

Two Green Flags Flying for Melton

Published Tuesday, 13th September 2016

Melton Mowbray Country Park has retained it's pretigious Green Flag award for the fifth year running alongside Thorpe Road Cemetery for the second year running.

Melton Borough Council have two special reasons to celebrate the great outdoors, after the Country Park has once again retained its prestigious Green Flag award for the fifth year running, alongside Thorpe Road Cemetery, which has again bought home the esteemed award for its second year. This award provides both sites with national recognition for the quality of the green space and facilities they both provide.

Green Flags are the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales. They are awarded annually to a variety of green spaces that are welcoming, healthy, safe and secure, clean, well maintained and sustainable. This year the Country Park judges scored the park higher than in previous years in all categories, moving the park up the scoring league of national green flag successes.

The Green Flag Judge for the park said “Community involvement within the park is very good. The visitor centre, run by The Melton Learning Hub, is an excellent focal point for the community, utilising the space for community use and a youth training centre. The park offers a diverse range of sport and fitness activities together with catering for visitors looking for more passive outdoor pastimes. The park was buzzing with activity on the day of our visit, with the Hubs annual family day, a five a side football tournament taking place, people exercising, walking their dogs and members of the community generally enjoying the park in the sunshine using the diverse range of facilities it has to offer.

Thorpe Road Cemetery was judged unannounced, known as being ‘Mystery’ judged. Green Flag officials said “The Cemetery is an attractive and well used site by members of the community. There were large numbers of people paying their respects to their relatives and loved ones, people enjoying the site to walk their dogs  and others simply passing through taking in the tranquil serenity the site always has on offers” The judges agreed the cemetery was a real community facility very well loved maintained and respected. 

Leader of the Council Pam Posnett said “I am thrilled that the Country Park and Cemetery have retained this important national accolade. Keeping hold of the award is a real team effort between the Councils Environmental Services team, Friends of the Park group, Melton in Bloom and The Melton learning Hub who ensure the park and cemetery are well maintained, developed and continue to provide residents of the borough with a park that is accessible to all and a cemetery that provides a sensitive tranquil place for people to visit their loved ones”

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For more information please contact:
Amanda Hume
Environmental Services Officer
Communities & Neighborhoods
Melton Borough Council
Telephone: 01664 502 499 /07500 975427
Email: ahume@melton.gov.uk