Three public gardens in Weymouth and Portland are among the very best in Britain.
Weymouth’s Greenhill Gardens and Sandsfoot Gardens, along with Easton Gardens on Portland, have all won prestigious Green Flag Awards.
Green Flag Awards are presented by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to recognise and reward the best parks, gardens and green spaces across the country. The three award-winning gardens are all maintained by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.
Councillor Goodman, Chairman of the borough council Management Committee, said: “I am delighted that three of our fabulous gardens have won this prestigious award and been recognised as among the best in the country. Green Flag awards let visitors know that the gardens are beautifully kept and have excellent facilities.”
Barbara Dubben, Chairman of the Friends of Greenhill Gardens, said: “This is absolutely astounding news, I am so pleased that Greenhill has now retained the Green Flag Award for seven years. The gardens just get better and better. The gardeners do a fantastic job, so really well done to them and the borough council’s parks team.”
Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager from Keep Britain Tidy, said: “A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of all the staff and volunteers who have helped create these fantastic places to enjoy.
“Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities. They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages.”
All three gardens have great facilities. Greenhill Gardens, by Weymouth Seafront, has a putting green, bowling green, tennis courts, cafes and toilets. Sandsfoot Gardens has a café, toilets and the remains of a Tudor castle in its grounds, while Easton Garden in Portland has a play area and toilets.
There is a lot happening in Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s parks this month. Events include Easton Gardens Summer Fete on 10 August from 10am-4pm, Greenhill Gardens Summer Fayre with string quartet on 11 August from 2pm-4.30pm, a Tribute to Frank Sinatra will be held in Greenhill Gardens on 18 August from 2pm-4.30pm.