Bramcote Hills Park celebrated 10 years of Awards

Bramcote 1Bramcote Hills Park celebrated ten years of being a prestigious Green Flag Award winning park later this month at a special event to mark the occasion and thank some of local people who have been pivotal in its success.

Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Graham Harvey joined ten friends of the park to raise a 10m x 5m flag in the Walled Garden at the park.

The Green Flag Awards recognise and reward the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Chair of the Leisure, Parks and Cemeteries Committee, Councillor Shane Easom said: “Bramcote Hills Park is one of the Borough’s most popular sites and we are delighted to be celebrating its tenth consecutive Green Flag Award.”

“The park, along with the Council’s other parks and open spaces are so successful because of the fantastic work of the many local people who are committed to ensuring they can be enjoyed by residents and visitors to the borough for many years to come.”

To celebrate, the Council has also produced a list of top ten things to do in the park this summer to help keep the kids entertained during the holidays.

The Borough Council is also celebrating retaining the Green Flag at Colliers Wood at Moorgreen, as well as at Brinsley Headstocks and the borough’s two Community Green Flag sites at Alexandrina Plantation / Sandy Lane Open Space, Bramcote and Bramcote Old Church Tower.

Bramcote Hills Park is approximately 27 hectares in size, comprising a mix of woodland and parkland.  It is a focal point for community participation in leisure and recreational activities and is a much appreciated facility for dog walkers, parents with young children and families. It plays host to the annual Hemlock Happening which attracts thousands of visitors each year.

There are many key and varied features to the park, including the Holocaust Memorial Garden, the cycle path and the open parkland.  Historical features include the ice-house, the site of the former Bramcote Hills House and the walled garden.  Facilities include an exciting play area, trim trail and cricket square, as well as picnic areas and seating.  The interpretation panels throughout the park help illustrate the area’s history.

For more details of the parks and open spaces in Broxtowe Borough visit the website at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/parks or contact 0115 917 3643 or email rounds@broxtowe.gov.uk

The Ten Guest are listed below:

  • Barbara Brooke – Barbara was one of the key players in establishing the Hemlock Happening which resulted in applying for the first Green Flag Award.
  • Stan Heptinstall – Like Barbara, Stan was pivotal in setting up the Hemlock Happening and promoting the value of the park to the local community
  • Alex Khan, Broxtowe Borough Council – Alex leads the Council’s events team which transforms the park into an event venue for theatre and concert productions, as well as the annual Hemlock Happening.
  • Ian Ward, Practical Conservation Volunteers – This group, formerly BTCV have worked with the Council for over 25 years on volunteering projects. They have been vital in undertaking a lot of the work included in the Council’s Woodland Management Plan.
  • Steve Woodward, Broxtowe Borough Council – Steve is the Council’s Grounds Maintenance and Arboricultural Manager and leads the team of dedicated gardeners who maintain the park to such a high standard each year.
  • Gaynor Jones Jenkins, Nottingham Wildlife Trust – Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust were key partners in producing the first Woodland Management Plan which has shaped the development of the site. They are currently helping to produce the next ten year plan.
  • Chris Riley, Broxtowe Borough Council – As the Parks and Open Spaces Manager, Chris is always looking for new ways to improve the park by adding new features and securing additional funding. Chris designed the play area which is the park’s most popular attraction
  • Malcolm Hackett, Greenwood Community Forest Partnership – Malcolm manages the Partnership and has worked with the Council on various community projects at the park, including the recent chainsaw sculptures.
  • Jo Phelan, Groundwork Greater Nottingham – Groundwork have worked with the Council on various funding bids and helped secure finances for access improvements and tree planting projects.
  • Nigel Keeling, Broxtowe Borough Council – The park’s high standard of cleanliness is respected by park visitors and Nigel makes this happen by ensuring all the bins are emptied regularly, any litter is picked up promptly and the paths are swept.
  • Norman Clyde Watson – Norman is an important member of The Friends Group at the nearby Sandy Lane and Alexandra Plantation Local Nature Reserve. The group regularly helps out with litter picks on the park
  • Chris Laxton-Kane, Broxtowe Borough Council – Chris leads the Council’s Sports Development Team which have encourage local people to stay healthy and active by using the park for a range of sporting events which take place each year.

Celebrating 10 years as a green flag award winning park

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