Rockingham Road Pleasure Park awarded prestigious Green Flag!

Published: Thursday, 27th July 2017

Kettering park officially recognised with top award

Kettering’s Rockingham Road Pleasure Park has been officially recognised as one of the best in the UK after receiving a Green Flag award from Keep Britain Tidy.

The park is among 1,797 parks and green spaces that have received the prestigious award this year. The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. 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.

In recent years the park, which has an active Friends of the Park group, has received a major overhaul with the addition of an all new outdoor gym and new play equipment.

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:
“In recent years we’ve worked with the local community through the Friends of the Park group and local schools to undertake several park improvement schemes including a new free-to-use outdoor gym and enhanced play area. We feel the award clearly recognises this. We have also painted the bandstand in the colours of the Park schools to recognise their historic association with the park.”

Councillor Lloyd Bunday, Kettering Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community & Leisure, said: 
“We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy. This Award recognises and highlights that people in Kettering are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.”

Matthew Campbell, Chair of the Friends of Rockingham Road Pleasure Park Group, said:
“The Green Flag Award is a reflection of the importance this park holds for so many local people, whom the Friends group seek to represent. We have worked with the Borough Council to get this award and will continue to do so to secure future awards”.   

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton, said:
"Research shows that parks are a vital and valued resource in communities across the UK and we are delighted that so many of them are meeting the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.

“But we cannot be complacent. We know that budgets are being squeezed in local authorities across the country and we must be vigilant to ensure that everyone, where ever they live, has access to the very best parks and green spaces.”