Ipswich: New boost for town’s best parks

Holywells Park was awarded a Green Flag award for 2013-2014.

Holywells Park was awarded a Green Flag award for 2013-2014. - Credit: Archant

Two of the most popular parks in Ipswich have received another major boost after being re-awarded Green Flag awards.

Christchurch Park has won the accolade for the sixth time and Holywells Park has now achieved a hat-trick of victories.

The national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

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.

Alasdair Ross, IBC deputy portfolio-holder for parks, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for two parks again.

“We are grateful for the hard work of our staff and Friends groups and to all the people who use these beautiful parks.

“This is proof that local residents can enjoy green spaces of the very highest quality.”

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Youngsters at the Wednesday Fun Day at Holywells celebrated the award – which should start a great year for the park.

Last month it was awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a £3.4million restoration which will include restoring its historic buildings, including the orangery, which are all that remains from Holywells Mansion which was demolished in the 1950s.

Preliminary work on the restoration is due to start during the autumn with work including de-silting the ponds in the park and the main restoration work is due to start early next year.

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