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Nine in a row: Green Flags still flying in Wisbech

Two of Wisbech's most attractive open spaces have retained their Green Flag status for the ninth year running.

Green Flag award logo 2016

Wisbech Park and St Peter's Church Gardens are two of more than 1,600 places across the country that have received the award from the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

It demonstrates that they maintain the highest possible standards, are beautifully kept and have excellent facilities.

This year's results were announced last week (July 21). The judges had been shown round the park in May; St Peter's Church Gardens are given an unannounced inspection.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council's Cabinet member responsible for the environment, said: "When you get these awards year after year, it's easy for people to take them for granted. But it takes a lot of hard work from a lot of people - the council's own staff, our horticultural contractors and the many volunteers - to keep these places at such a high standard. The flags are the well deserved reward for all their efforts."

The Green Flag Award scheme was set up in 1996 to reverse the decline in UK parks. The awards are judged by green space experts, who assess sites against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

Article added July 27, 2016