Councillors and officials at SCDC are celebrating today after East Suffolk secured two prestigious Green Flag Awards; for Felixstowe’s Seafront Gardens and Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad
They are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces to receive the prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
The Spa Gardens were given a £4.8million refurbishment, paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Suffolk Coastal District Council and us hard working taxpayers after a major hash up with the initial contractors led to a court case and a massive payout.
However, credit where credit is due – they are now looking superb – and congratulations should also be given to the Friends of the Seafront Gardens who spend a lot of voluntary time keeping them in top shape.
The seafront gardens have also been given Green Heritage site accreditation for their interpretation of the historic features and standards of conservation.
Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Suffolk Coastal’s cabinet member for customers, communities and leisure, said: “This is the second year that the restored Seafront Gardens have been open to the public and they are looking wonderful. The gardens are the jewel in the crown of a vibrant Felixstowe seafront and we are absolutely delighted that they have been recognised for the second year.”
In Waveney, Nicholas Everitt Park is a traditional public park which is popular with visitors to the area and the surrounding community. Used throughout the year for a range of events, it is particularly well-known for activities associated with the Broad itself, including powerboat racing, sailing and fishing.
Park facilities include tennis courts, a bowling green, traditional bandstand, children’s play area, boating lake, trampolines and park café. In addition, the Lowestoft Museum is also within the park grounds, housed within a Grade II listed building. Beyond the museum is an area of mature trees, grass and reeds, with a number of small ponds providing a natural habitat for wildlife.