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Keep Britain Tidy judges 30 Kent and Medway green spaces among best in country

By KentOnline reporter

A total of 30 Kent parks have been awarded prestigious green flag status - after being judged among the best in the country.

The award, presented by Keep Britain Tidy, has been given to more than 140 of the region's parks and green spaces.

The county this year boasts one more award than last year, giving them all the mark of a quality green space.

Mote Park in Maidstone already had a Green Flag award

Among Kent's winners are well-known beauty spots including Lullingstone Country Park, Shorne Woods Country Park and Mote Park.

Also recognised are smaller attractions, including Duncan Down and The Grove.

The Green Flag Awards are judged every year by 700 volunteer judges who visit sites and assess them against eight separate criteria, including cleanliness, sustainability and conservation.

The launch of the awards coincides with this year’s Love Parks Week, also run by Keep Britain Tidy, when thousands of people up and down the country are visiting the nation's parks and green spaces.

Reculver Country Park was judged to be among the best
Children playing at Shorne Woods Country Park

Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: "It’s another record-breaking year for the scheme.

"This is something well worth celebrating and testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, supported by some amazing volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.

"The parks sector is facing some tough challenges so it is heartening to see that they are committed to maintaining and improving standards."

The Kent awards in full

Curtis Wood Park - Canterbury City Council

Reculver Country Park - Canterbury City Council

Duncan Down - Canterbury City Councl with the Friends of Duncan Down

Clare Park - Maidstone Borough Council

Cobtree Manor Park - Maidstone Brough Council

Mote Park - Maidstone Borough Council

Whatman Park - Maidstone

Broomhill Park - Medway Council

Capstone Farm Country Park - Medway Council

Hillyfields Community Park - Medway Council

Riverside Country Park - Medway Council

The Vines Gardens - Medway Council

The Great Lines - Medway Council

Lower Leas Coastal Park - Shepway District Council

Royal Military Canal - Shepway District Council

Brockhill Country Park - Kent County Council

Lullingstone Country Park - Kent County Council

Manor Park Country Park - Kent County Council

Shorne Woods Country Park - Kent County Council

Teston Bridge Country Park - Kent County Council

Trosley Country Park - Kent County Council

Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park - Swale Borough council

Swanley Park - Swanley Town Council

Haysden Country Park - Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council

Dunorlan Park - Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

The Grove - Tunbridge Wlls Borough Council

Woodbury Park Cemetery - Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Whitstable Castle and Park - Whitstable Castle

Samphire Hoe - Eurotunnel

Jeskyns - The Forestry Commission

Whatman Park (Millennium River Park) - Maidstone Borough Council

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