It is among a record-breaking 1,476 places to receive a prestigious Green Flag Award by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
The national award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces in the UK.
A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Located in Glen Parva, the site is home to a wide range of wildlife, providing a ‘green route’ into the city and a peaceful place for people to walk and keep fit.
The 12 hectare site contains a fantastic mosaic of wildlife habitats from ponds and meadows to woodland and hedges.
It is home to an array of wild flowers and animals such as green woodpecker, meadow pipit, dragonflies and bats.
With footpaths across the whole site it’s a real gem right on our doorstep and is there for everyone to explore.
The site, which is close to the Grand Union canal and near Dorothy Avenue Playing Field, is protected from development. The wildlife and natural features are therefore preserved.
It contains unimproved grassland habitat, which is part of what was once a country-wide network of hay meadows and unimproved pasture.
Councillor Sheila Scott, portfolio holder for Health and Leisure Services at Blaby District Council, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the first time at this site.
This award recognises and highlights that people in the Blaby District are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.”
Jan Martin, Chair of Glen Parva Parish Council, said:
“This is a jointly owned site and we owe the Glen Parva team of volunteers a debt of gratitude.
The whole site has never looked better and I want to thank Andy Jackson and Sam Village of Stepping Stones for all their help and advice over the last few years, which has culminated in this fantastic achievement.”
The site benefits from the hard work of local volunteers.
The work of the volunteers includes traditional methods of managing woodland such as coppicing, tree planting, path maintenance and wildflower planting.
If you would like to become a volunteer please contact Glen Parva Parish Council on 0116 277 1450.
The nature reserve is owned by Glen Parva Parish Council, Leicester City Council, and Blaby District Council, who together have developed a joint management plan to help improve the site.
To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy and the Green Flag Awards visit www.keepbritaintidy.org
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