Teignbridge has scored a hat-trick in the prestigious Green Flag Award scheme.
The top quality trio, Decoy Country Park and Courtenay Park, Newton Abbot, and The Den, Teignmouth, have picked up the prestigious accolade, confirming them as among the best parks and open spaces in Britain.
The Green Flag is seen as the national benchmark for quality parks, and to win an award a place must perform well against eight set criteria:
A welcoming place
Healthy, safe and secure
Clean and well maintained
Conservation and heritage
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 environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
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.
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