Stevenage parks among Britain’s cleanest and safest
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An environmental charity has given four parks in Stevenage awards for being among Britain’s most well-managed, cleanest and safest.
Town Centre Gardens and Fairlands Valley, Hampson and Shephalbury parks were all given a Green Flag Award by the charity, Keeping Britain Tidy.
The news comes during Britain's annual Love Parks Week celebration - held between July 12 and July 21 - as a record breaking amount of the UK's green spaces have received awards.
In total, 1970 parks and green spaces across the UK have been awarded a Green Flag Award in 2019, which is 83 more than last year.
Councillor John Gardner, member for environment and regeneration at Stevenage Borough Council, was thrilled with the news.
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He said: "In Stevenage, we have so many excellent green spaces for our residents and visitors to enjoy and we encourage everybody to visit them."
Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said:"We have awarded more Green Flags to parks and green spaces this year than ever before, which means beautiful, well-managed and peaceful spaces are accessible to more people than ever.
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"The number of awards given out this year is a testament to the hard work and innovation displayed by many local authorities."