Monday, 18 October, 2021
Surrey Heath Borough Council is proud to announce both Frimley Lodge Park and Lightwater Country Park have achieved Green Flag Awards again this year.
The award, celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year, is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.
This year marks 21 consecutive years of Green Flag awards for Frimley Lodge – a fantastic achievement – while Lightwater Country Park is celebrating its third award.
After 18 months that have seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that two of our premier parks have achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that make those green spaces great spaces that everyone can enjoy.
Frimley Lodge and Lightwater Country Park join more than 2,100 parks and green spaces as diverse across the country who have been awarded this mark of quality.
Frimley Lodge Park attracts a large number of visitors with its beautiful open spaces, picnic areas, pitch and putt course and children's playground; as well as a miniature railway, barbecue and private hire areas.
Other attractions include a 3G all-weather football pitch, traditional football and cricket pitches, and a café.
Lightwater Country Park is predominantly heathland habitat, but there are also ponds, woodland, meadows and areas of scrub. These habitats offer the opportunity to observe a wide variety of wildlife, birds, mammals, plants and insects.
The area of heathland within the Country Park has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), so is an area of high nature conservation value.
The park also offers a café, children’s playground, information point, educational service, walking trails, grazing livestock, bee hive, fishing, plus a leisure centre with associated playing fields and sports facilities.
Both parks have remained open throughout the pandemic, allowing residents to enjoy the great outdoors and the benefits to mental and physical health that parks offer.
Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Places and Strategy Cllr Rebecca Jennings-Evans said: “We are thrilled that two SHBC-managed parks have achieved Green Flags again this year.
“These awards are testament to the hard work and dedication of all the staff involved. Many congratulations to the teams whose commitment has been rewarded with these Green Flags.
"The pandemic has demonstrated the importance of the great outdoors to our physical and mental health, and we are committed to offering high quality parks and open spaces for local people to enjoy.”
Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Frimley Lodge Park and Lightwater Country Park worthy of Green Flag Awards.”
“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that both sites have high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management, and are places that support people to live healthy lives.”
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
A full list of Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces is available here.