Long Eaton’s West Park will host a celebration ceremony on Monday 21st September at 2pm to mark its success in being given its first Green Flag Award – an honour which confirms the 127-acre park is one of the best in the country. The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, will officially raise the prestigious flag on the newly-installed flag pole near the park entrance next to West Park Leisure Centre, off Wilsthorpe Road. She will be joined by representatives of the Friends of West Park group and members of Erewash Borough Council’s parks team to salute the success of the popular park – while it is hoped local residents will also attend the flag raising ceremony.
The Green Flag is a national award handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to recognise the very best parks, green spaces and nature reserves. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that West Park boasts the highest possible standards and is well maintained. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“This will be such a proud moment for everyone who loves West Park. This really is a flagship park in every way – and now it will have its own Green Flag that rightly honours this treasure in the heart of Long Eaton. The substantial investment we have made to bring quality leisure facilities have ensured it is incredibly popular with families, while our parks team work hard all year round to ensure it is maintained to the highest standards and we continue to work with the enthusiastic members of the Friends Group to continue to add to the beauty of West Park.”
West Park is the largest in Erewash and dates back to the early 1900s. It is enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year and has seen substantial investment by the council over the last five years. It offers an extensive range of sports and recreational facilities including an outdoor gym trail, a skatepark, a splashpad water park, bowls, tennis, cricket and football.
A wide range of improvements have been made in recent years, including new signs and information boards and footpath and cycle path upgrades. In addition, the council has planted more than 100 new trees over the last four years alongside its other landscaping schemes and will add a further 50 plus trees this autumn and winter.
Residents can vote for their favourite Green Flag site in the search for the national People’s Choice Award. The three Erewash Green Flag winners – West Park, Long Eaton, Straws Bridge at West Hallam and Victoria Park, Ilkeston are in the running. To vote for any of them visit www.greenflagaward.org – select ‘East Midlands’ from the drop down search then find your top spot and click ‘vote for this site’. Voting closes at noon on 30th September.