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Prestigious Green Flag flies over Melton Country Park

Published Wednesday, 17th September 2014

We have two special reasons to celebrate the great outdoors, after the Country Park has once again scooped a prestigious Green Flag Award for the third year running.

We have also finally received the  official ‘Fields in Trust’ protection, recently achieved after a lengthy  nomination and voting  process. It is now one of the best parks in the UK – and that’s official. 

A green flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained, encourages community involvement and has excellent facilities suitable for a wide range of ages.

The range of available activities and facilities in the park has increased over the past year with more planned for the future. The new dog agility trail is proving to be very popular with dog owners, and there have been reports of ‘orderly’ queues forming to use the brand new gym equipment, free to use and safe for people of all ages. New litter bins have been installed and the plans for a modern-day sports pavilion that will include additional facilities for community use are well under way. 

Cllr Pam Posnett said “This Award recognises and highlights that people in Melton are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality. Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities. They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages. The award provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of the councils Environmental Services team, and volunteer groups who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy”

The Park will also be protected for generations to come thanks to an initiative celebrating HM The Queen’s diamond jubilee. The Queen Elizabeth ll Fields Challenge, operated by Fields in Trust, is a campaign to protect 2012 outdoor recreational spaces in communities all across the county as a permanent living legacy of the diamond jubilee. It took some time to get there but at long last the Council has been formally notified that the park now has Fields in Trust protected, which means it will remain a park forever. Of 1,536 nominated sites for QEII status across the UK and NI, Melton Country Park is listed 2nd largest in the UK. 

Raman Selvon, the Councils Waste and Environmental Manager said “The Council is very proud of the Country Park and its recent achievements and the way we have developed it in line with the desires of its most avid fans, that is the visitors and regular patrons who enjoy its wonderful natural and bio diverse environment, and all just minutes away on foot from Melton’s Town Centre, offering a trip into the countryside on the towns doorstep”

To celebrate our award winning park, we will be holding a day of activities in the park on the 22nd October 2014, such as egg and spoon races, a treasure hunt, explorer orienteering challenge and refreshments. 

Find out more by taking a look at the poster!