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Local nature reserve named one of the best in Britain

Glen Parva Nature ReserveGlen Parva and Glen Hills Local Nature Reserve has been named one the best parks and green spaces in the country.

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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Enderby’s ‘A Place to Grow’ wins another Green Flag Award

A Place To Grow
Enderby community garden scheme wins another Green Flag Award

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