Deputy Kevin Lewis, Minister for Transport and Technical Services (TTS) and his Assistant Minister, Deputy John Le Fondre, today visited two of the parks that have just been awarded Green Flag status for 2014/5 and congratulated staff on their achievement.
TTS submitted entries for two of its parks, Coronation Park at Millbrook and Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Park at St Brelade and both were considered to be of a sufficiently high standard to win the award and will now be able to fly the Scheme’s Green Flag. This is the first time TTS has tried for this award which is the mark of a quality park or green space.
The Green Flag Award Scheme is run by the national organisation, Keep Britain Tidy.
Expert judges visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement. As well as looking at the park itself they also question and look at documentation about management policies and processes.
Coronation Park and Churchill Park were assessed by a team of two who came over in May. TTS had already sent them management plans for both parks to review before they arrived. However, it was not until the end of July that the results were released.
Derek Noble, Manager of Parks and Gardens for TTS said, “Jersey has some fantastic parks. We take great pride in looking after them and we receive many positive comments from the public. However, we have never properly compared ourselves against an independent standard. The Green Flag Scheme has allowed us to do this; it is a great indicator of our performance.”
Deputy Kevin Lewis, Minister for TTS said, “The staff at TTS do a marvellous job and it’s great and well deserved that they have now got this national recognition. Having good quality green space for the community to use and enjoy is very important and adds to our quality of life.”