Stonefield Park in Stone has picked up a prestigious Green Flag, the award given to the best open spaces in the country, for the first time.
The park is a beautiful green space in the top end of town. Although it’s triumphed for many years in the Heart of England in Bloom competition, this is the first time it’s been awarded a Green Flag.
It was opened by Sir Ernest Johnson on 24th March 1928, containing formal flowerbeds, a bandstand, two tennis courts and a bowling green. With the exception of the bandstand, these features still remain today, and there’s also a children’s play area (that was refurbished last year) and an aviary.
The park also benefits from a Friends group, set up by Stafford Borough Council, who have helped get it in prime condition, working on everything from flowerbeds to general repairs and repainting benches. If you want more information about getting involved with the Friends group, by the way, have a look at their Facebook page.
Stone in Bloom volunteers, meanwhile, have been working alongside the council’s StreetScene team for many years now at Stonefield Park.
Huge congratulations to the council’s staff, Stone in Bloom and the new Friends of Stonefield Park group – your efforts are much appreciated!
Three of Stafford Borough Council’s open spaces have picked up Green Flag Awards this year.
As well as Stonefield Park, Stafford’s Victoria Park and Stafford Crematorium have also been awarded Green Flags, Victoria Park for the 10th consecutive year.
The success is recognition of the well-kept grounds and floral displays at the borough council-run sites, which feature among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that today received a prestigious Green Flag Award, as the scheme celebrates its 20th year.
The Green Flag Award scheme, run by the 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.
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”