Two of Ely’s biggest parks have been awarded Green Flag status.
Ely Country Park and Jubilee Gardens, which are both owned by East Cambridgeshire District Council, were given the prestigious award during a national ceremony.
The coveted Green Flag status is awarded to parks and green spaces which are free and open to everyone to enjoy, while meeting strict standards and offer excellent visitor facilities.
This marks the 19th year Jubilee Gardens has been awarded a Green Flag and the ninth year for Ely Country Park.
Councillor Anna Bailey, Leader at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “It’s places like Ely Country Park and Jubilee Gardens that contribute to making our district a great place to live, work and visit.
“So it’s fantastic they have once again been recognised with Green Flag status.
“These are just two examples of the beautiful parks our open spaces team look after around the district and I would particularly like to thank the Friends of Jubilee Gardens that give freely of their time as well as our Parks and Open Spaces Team - the Green Flag award is yours, and recognition of the hours of work you put in.”
Phil Mitzman, chairperson of the Friends of Jubilee Gardens and pictured above with his dog and members of the grounds team, said: “We are extremely proud to have carried on the 19-year tradition of being awarded Green Flag status. This is a very prestigious award granted to fewer than 2500 spaces throughout the UK. Our aim is to maintain the gardens so they are not only beautiful but as environmentally friendly as possible to attract wildlife and enhance biodiversity.
“We are also developing new ideas to involve the local community, in particular local schools who will Inspire the next generation of gardeners. We are also looking for new ideas from the Community to help maintain our “Jewel in the crown” status for this precious open space which links the city with the river.
“I would particularly like to thank all of the volunteers for all their hard work and long hours in making it a very special place in so many people’s hearts.”