Green Flag glory for Plymouth

Drake’s Place Gardens and Reservoir receives Green Flag Award

The Drake’s Place Gardens and Reservoir at Plymouth University have received the prestigious Green Flag Award for the first time.

Reopened in June 2014, it is among 1,582 parks and green spaces – and 90 in the South West – to be awarded the accolade by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Including parks, cemeteries, universities, shopping centres and community gardens, the award is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Drake’s Place Gardens and Reservoir was the subject of a £1.4million restoration project completed with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund and the University, with support from the Friends of Drake’s Place Association.

Since the restoration, Drake’s Place has hosted numerous University and community events, and won the Best Public Space and People of Plymouth categories at the 2014 Abercrombie Awards.

Tracy Wilson, Partnerships & Community Engagement Manager at Plymouth University, said: “This latest award is a continued vindication of our ambitious vision and we look forward to welcoming more people into Drake’s Place over the summer and beyond.”

The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green-space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.


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