Itchen Valley Country Park

Named as one of the best in Britain

Page last updated at 21 July 2016 at 15:29

Itchen Valley Country Park in the Borough of Eastleigh is one of the very best green spaces in the country - and that’s official!

More parks and green spaces than ever will be flying the Green Flag Award this year – more than 1,600 across the UK.

Itchen Valley is among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.   This year sees the Park being awarded Green Flag status for the 8th consecutive year.

The award, now celebrating its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Itchen Valley Country Park is 440-acres of beautiful water meadows, woodland and meadows offering a Visitor Centre, with nature-based displays, and a wealth of waymarked trails. The park also a café, outdoor picnic tables, a shop and two large, permanent barbecue sites.

Eastleigh Borough Council’s Cabinet Lead for Leisure, Councillor Alan Broadhurst, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the 8th time from Keep Britain Tidy. “This Award recognises and highlights that people in the Eastleigh Borough area are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality. “The award is a tribute to the hard work and expertise of the team running our country parks”.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards.

“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”