Epping Forest has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award

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Epping Forest has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award.

Green Flag Awards recognise the best open spaces in the UK and are awarded by a panel of expert judges for their top facilities and excellent use of green space.

The Forest has also received a Green Heritage Award in recognition of its historic features and the high standard of conservation.

It has continued to receive both the Green Flag Award and Green Heritage Award since 2003.

The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The international award, now into its 22nd year, is a sign to the public that a green space is managed to the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply to achieve a Green Flag Award.

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