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Green Flag judgement day for Wisbech Park

They saw it in the sun, they saw it in the rain - and now the Green Flag judges have gone away to consider their verdict on Wisbech Park.

Green Flag judging Wisbech Park

Success for the park this year would mean it would be the ninth year running that it had gained the coveted flag, awarded annually by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

It is a sign that the park maintains the highest possible standards, is beautifully kept and has excellent facilities.

Judges Liz Appleton and Chris Gordon were given a guided tour this week [May 11] by Bob Ollier, Fenland District Council's parks and open spaces manager, and horticultural officer Kevin Wilkins.

On their rounds they also met Wisbech Town Council's leader Councillor David Oliver and clerk Terry Jordan, Councillor Simon King, chairman of the Friends of Wisbech Park, Wisbech In Bloom chairman  Brian Massingham and Richard Coy and Tim Fowler from horticultural contractors ISS.

Bob Ollier said: "The judges seemed really impressed, so we're hopeful of retaining the Green Flag again. We explained how over the past 18 months we've tried to take the park to the next level.

"We've changed some of the bedding to introduce sustainable planting, refurbished an existing pathway and installed two sets of double bay swings. We've also worked with the Bloom and Friends groups to create new cottage-style garden beds and a new winter garden.

"We're now well over halfway to our target of getting 100 bird boxes up on trees around the park and we've introduced a new grassland maze, too.

"Now, once the bandstand's refurbishment is completed - which is projected to be late June or early July - we're looking to make it available for free use by local people for music, dance, drama, tea parties or whatever on Saturdays, as well as introducing Sunday band concerts.

"We're working very closely with the town council to get more events in the park and make it an even more attractive place for everyone to enjoy."

St Peter's Gardens in Wisbech is also hoping to retain its Green Flag with an unannounced judging later in the year.

 This year's awards will be announced in July.

·         Anyone interested in making use of the bandstand should contact Bob Ollier on 01354 654321

Green Flag judges - Wisbech Park Maze

Article added May 13, 2016