Green Flag disappointment as Pippins Park fails to make the grade

Slough Borough Council and Colnbrook Parish Council have announced that Green Flags are once again flying again at parks throughout the borough this week.  But Pippins Park is missing from the record-breaking list of parks recognised across the UK.

From left: Mike Nye, trustee of the Colnbrook Community Partnership; Cllr Scott Bryant, chair of the Parish Council; and Cllr Ray Angell

From left: Mike Nye, trustee of the Colnbrook Community Partnership; Cllr Scott Bryant, chair of the Parish Council; and Cllr Ray Angell

Colnbrook has had mixed news, it seems, in the annual Green Flag contest that recognises the best parks in the UK.

Colnbrook Recreation Ground in London Road, along with Herschel Park in Slough, have won the award run by Keep Britain Tidy for the sixth year running.  Salt Hill Park has won the award for the seventh year.

But Colnbrook’s second Green Flag beneficiary, Pippins Park, has not been listed this year.

Colnbrook Parish Council manages the Recreation Ground, while Slough Council maintains Pippins.

Nevertheless the Council says it is proud of its success.

A statement issued by Slough Borough Council said that the internationally recognised Green Flag “is a sign to the public the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities”.

Councillor Joginder Bal, commissioner for the environment and leisure, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to receive Green Flags again this year. And we are particularly proud of Salt Hill Park, which has come a long way in recent years.

“It takes a lot of people and a lot of work to maintain the high standards needed to receive a Green Flag and I congratulate the parks team, Amey, our partners and our volunteers for their achievements.

“I encourage people to go out and make the most of these parks and the other wonderful green spaces we have on our doorstep.”

Pippins Park has not been listed as a Green Flag beneficiary this year.

Pippins Park has not been listed as a Green Flag beneficiary this year.

Scott Bryant the chair of Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council said:

“We are extremely pleased to receive the Green Flag award again this year. I would to thank the Parish Council environment group, who worked closely with Ray Angell and Mike Nye of the Colnbrook Community Partnership in once again bringing this prestigious award to Colnbrook”.

Cllrs Bryant and Angell raised the flag with CCP trustee Mike Nye on Saturday.

A record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces have received a Green Flag this year.

Slough is currently running a competition to find the best 12 photographs taken of any of the borough’s parks and open spaces.  Love Slough’s Parks is open until 30th July.   Winning photographs will be printed large on canvas and displayed at The Curve for all to see later in the summer.  They will also be turned into a calendar for 2018.

Pictures should be 10mb or smaller and 300dpi and entries should be emailed to communications@slough.gov.uk with the time and place of the image and the details of the photographer.

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