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The public open spaces in Gillingham are recognised as one of the UK’s very best green spaces

The open spaces in Gillingham have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.

Public open spaces at: Jubilee Fields, Rolls Bridge, King Edmund Green, Hawthorne Avenue, Upper Lodden Meadow, Lower Lodden Meadow and Ham Farm are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award this week.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

The Mayor, Cllr Mrs Su Hunt said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for our open spaces. For some areas this is for the third year running. New this year were the open spaces at Upper Lodden Meadow, Lower Lodden Meadow and Ham Farm.”

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our open spaces to a high standard”.

Judges who assessed the site commented that “The Town Council are managing a significant land resource of over 70 acres across a number of sites. Their approach to gaining/retaining Green flag status is a positive statement of their intention to manage these sites well. There was evident enthusiasm on the part of staff, volunteers and elected members.”

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, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.”

“Each flag honours the people who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”