A Place to Grow has been named one of the best parks and green spaces in the country.
The community garden scheme, on Mill Lane in Enderby, is among a record-breaking 1,447 places to receive the prestigious Green Flag Award by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
The national award 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.
The garden is managed by Community Action Partnership, working jointly with Blaby District Council.
Abdul Asghar, project leader at Community Action Partnership, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for a fourth year in a row.
“If possible it means even more to us this year following the arson attack the garden suffered six months ago. Thanks to lots of hard work and donations from the public the scheme is now back up and running.”
The garden project was originally set up to help people suffering from mental health problems, but now provides support for a wider range of groups across the district.
People with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and school children have all benefitted from the innovative scheme.
The aim of the project was to increase physical activity through gardening and to promote a better understanding of the contribution outdoor exercise can make to a healthy life.
Councillor David Clements, Corporate Services, Performance and Leisure portfolio holder, said:
“A Place to Grow is a fantastic example of how local people, voluntary organisations and local authorities can work together on a project that benefits the whole community. It is fantastic to see it recognised on a national level.”
The record number of awards across the country means more people than ever before will have access to well-managed, quality green space, which is vital to people’s health and wellbeing.
Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said:
“We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.
“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.”
For more information on A Place to Grow or how to get involved in the project contact Community Action Blaby District on 0116 272 7670 .
To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy and the Green Flag Awards visit www.keepbritaintidy.org