by Dan Bryans
Harlow Town Park and Parndon Wood Nature Reserve have once again been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best green spaces in the world.
Both parks are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that earlier this week received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
Parndon Wood Nature Reserve has now won the award for the ninth time in a row with the Town Park celebrating its second Green Flag Award.
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 Town Park is maintained by Harlow Council and HTS (Property & Environment) Limited with support from local volunteers.
The Nature Reserve is also maintained by Harlow Council and volunteers with local organisation ECCO managing the Conservation Centre and running community activities as part of a partnership agreement. New green flags will be raised in both areas in the coming weeks.
Councillor Danny Purton, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive Green Flag Awards for two green open spaces which we are very proud of.”