Seventeen of Chelmsford City Council’s main parks across the city have been recognised by the Green Flag Award scheme for another year running as some of the best parks and green spaces in the UK.

The prestigious flags can be found across Chelmsford in parks including Galleywood Common, Oaklands Park, Chelmer Valley Nature Reserve and more.

What is a Green Flag Award?

A Green Flag Award is the international standard for parks and green spaces. The scheme recognises and rewards well-maintained parks, setting the benchmark for the management of parks and outdoor spaces. This year, 2208 winners across the UK will fly a Green Flag in their parks – a record-breaking number since the scheme began 26 years ago.

More about the award can be found on the Love Your Chelmsford website.

Why this Award is significant

Chelmsford has the highest number of Green Flag Awards in the East of England. Each green space offers visitors a unique experience, from their beautiful flower displays to their great facilities. The parks provide a sense of escapism and better quality of life for all who use them.

Recreational spaces have been vital these past few years, and this award reflects the hard work the volunteers and Chelmsford City Council park staff have put in to maintain them to the highest standard.

This is wonderful news! We should all feel proud that, once again, our parks and green spaces have been recognised through the Green Flag scheme as some of the best in the country.

Galleywood Common and Frankland Fields are shining examples of wilder spaces that have been awarded Green Flags for their biodiversity value – one of the recognised criteria for Green Flag status. The benefits of re-connecting with nature are also proven for our own health and wellbeing, so it’s great that all our parks now include wilder areas, and so many people live close to a Green Flag park. We hope to see more Green Flags awarded, right across the Chelmsford district.

Councillor Moore, Cabinet Member for Greener and Safer Chelmsford

Visit our parks

There are things to see all year round in Chelmsford’s parks and they’re a great place for families to have fun in the summer holidays, including the new free app for the nature trail at Chelmer Valley Local Nature Reserve. Visit the Love Your Chelmsford website to see a list of all Chelmsford City Council’s green spaces, as well as the recreational facilities that can be found in each location.

A full list of every 2022 Green Flag park can be found via Keep Britain Tidy.

I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Chelmsford’s parks worthy of a Green Flag Award. These awards are testament to all the hard work of staff and volunteers, who do so much to ensure they maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.

Paul Todd, Keep Britain Tidy’s Accreditation Manager

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