Green Flag success for 3 top-quality open spaces in Teignbridge
Teignbridge has scooped the prestigious Green Flag Award 2012 for three local open spaces confirmed as among the best in the country.
The top quality trio, Decoy Country Park and Courtenay Park, Newton Abbot, and The Den, Teignmouth, have picked up the achievement, which recognises parks and open spaces across Britain that meet tough quality standards.
The scheme started in 1997, and Decoy Country Park became Teignbridge’s first Green Flag Site seven years ago. It was joined by Teignmouth Den in 2008 and later by Courtenay Park in 2010.
Only parks and open spaces that are free to enter and open to the public are eligible for the award, which is run by the environmental charities Keep Britain Tidy, BTCV and Green Space.
All three sites have won Green Flag awards consecutively each year after their first award. This is a tough accomplishment as every park and open space has to reapply each year and show year on year improvements.
Seven time winner Decoy Country Park is one of the most popular open spaces in the district, offering beautiful walks, play facilities and water sports, and attracting over a quarter of a million visitors each year. It also provides a home to a BMX and skateboard concrete bowl skatepark, and a popular wet-play area for youngsters.
Teignmouth Den won the award for the fifth time this year, confirming its status as one of the South West’s best quality iconic seaside resorts. As well as offering open grassed areas, it features an award winning play area, traditional pier, adventure golf, a multi-use games area for sports including tennis, and a well-used skate park.
Courtenay Park, seen by many as a gateway to Newton Abbot due to its prominent position opposite the train station, won the Green Flag for the third year. The traditional park is characterised by its iconic bandstand, which hosts a variety of musical events from May to September.
It also features a pond and fountain, and a covered shelter where many people frequently take advantage of the park and socialise outside, enjoying the lovely surroundings. Last year saw a £46k boost with a new train-themed play area installed, offering play equipment predominantly for toddlers.
Meanwhile in 2012, the educational sensory garden, used by schools and disability groups, has also had six new touch-friendly monolith signs and an A2 sized map of the garden put up displaying which sense each bed of plants is designed to stimulate. This has made it an even more popular area for blind and partially sighted visitors.
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