District’s triple Green Flag success

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Canterbury district is celebrating a prestigious hat-trick of Green Flag awards.

The Westgate Parks in Canterbury received the award for the second year running, while on the coast, Duncan Down in Whitstable wins for the 13th successive year and Reculver Country Park regains its award after a year off.

The Green Flag is a national scheme that recognises parks and green spaces that have high standards of management, follow environmentally-friendly practices and involve the community to create attractive places for people and wildlife to enjoy.

Chairman of the city council’s Community Committee, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “It’s great news for the district that three of our most loved open spaces have received this recognition. Lots of hard work goes into looking after them, so these awards are well deserved.

“I would particularly like to thank the volunteer groups we work so closely with – the Friends of Westgate Parks and the Friends of Duncan Down. Their contribution to this success cannot be underestimated and we are very grateful for all they do.”

Reculver Country Park has been winning Green Flags since 2003 but took a break in 2017 while the council invested in new parking facilities and a refurbished visitor centre, which opened last August. These enhancements were in addition to the popular play area which opened to the public in May 2016.

The council is currently advertising a seasonal tent or glamping concession at Reculver and is seeking an operator for a quality offer that include yurts, safari tents and camping pods and dens, or combinations of these. More information is available on the council’s website.

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