Parks in Brighton and Hove handed national awards

Cllr Gill MItchell
Cllr Gill MItchell

Seven of Brighton and Hove’s parks have been handed Green Flags – marking them out as some of the best open spaces in the country.

The awards, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, are given to parks which are well maintained and have excellent facilities.

St Ann’s Well Gardens in Hove flies the flag for the 18th year, while Preston Park also celebrates a 18th successive year.

Easthill Park in Portslade has picked up its 16th award, Hove Park is celebrating a 14th success while Kipling Gardens in Rottingdean has won its 11th award.

Stoneham Park has picked up its 9th award and the Level is flying the a Green Flag for the 5th year running. The Level and Kipling Gardens both increased their scores since the last judging.

Cllr Gill Mitchell, chair of the council’s environment committee, said: “We know how much quality parks and green spaces matter to residents and visitors, so it’s fantastic news that we will once again be flying seven Green Flags in parks in Brighton, Hove, Portslade and Rottingdean - a real city-wide success story.

“It’s a fitting tribute to our dedicated staff, friends groups and volunteers who work tirelessly to make sure that the quality is maintained and our parks and gardens are a pleasure to visit all year round.”

The parks are among 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that have been awarded Green Flags.