26 July 2019

The Council is delighted to announce that six of the town’s parks have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag, the most the town has ever held at any one time.

Cllr Carole Mulroney, Council Parks team, Volunteers from S.H.I.P
and members of the Community Safety Team

Chalkwell, Belfairs, Southchurch, Southchurch Hall Gardens and Priory Parks all retained their Green Flag awards, and Shoebury Park regained its Green Flag after missing out last time round. This year, a record- breaking 1,970 parks and green spaces achieved the award across the United Kingdom, so to have 6 in that list is a great achievement.

The Green Flag awards recognise well maintained parks and green spaces across the country, and Southend’s parks have featured in the awards frequently over the past few years, showing off the spectacular green spaces available to residents and visitors throughout the year.

Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “We know that for our residents, the local parks and green spaces offer a real sense of pride and joy in the town and for our visitors  they are an escape from the bustle of town life, so it is brilliant news that we now have six Green Flags flying across the whole Borough giving  access to an area of gardens and open space for all to enjoy.

“A huge amount of thanks goes to our hardworking parks team who are completely dedicated to providing, caring and maintaining these spaces, and also volunteers and SHIP for their work in Southchurch Hall Gardens which has had such an impact on the community.”