Gillingham Town Council says it is ‘delighted’ that once again the town’s open spaces have been awarded Green Flag accreditation.
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Gillingham’s open spaces were part of more than 2,000 sites across the country to collect an award for 2020.
The Mayor, Barry Von Clemens said: ‘We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our open spaces to such a high standard.’
Commenting on Gillingham’ s success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE 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, Gillingham Town Council has achieved the highest international standards by the Green Flag Award.’