Stapenhill Gardens, Kingfisher Trail and Branston Water Park are among the best in the country

Keep Britain Tidy announces a record-breaking number of award-winning parks and green spaces for 2013.

Branston Water Park

Branston Water Park (Photo credit: InBurton)

Stapenhill Gardens, Kingfisher Trail and Branston Water Park are among the very best in the UK – and that’s official.

The park is among a record-breaking 1,447 parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award.

The national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Cllr Patricia Ackroyd Deputy Leader for the Built Environment said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for Stapenhill Gardens, Branston Water Park and The Kingfisher Trail.”

“This Award recognises and highlights that people in East Staffordshire are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality. It also recognises the hard work that a lot of people have put into maintaining and improving these parks and trails over the years.”

The record number of awards across the country means more people than ever before will have access to well-managed, quality green space, which is vital to people’s health and wellbeing.

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all 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. That is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”