Flying the flag in Victoria Park
Ilkeston’s Victoria Park will host a celebration ceremony on Tuesday 11 October at 2pm to mark its success in securing a Green Flag Award for the sixth successive year.
The Deputy Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, will officially raise the prestigious flag near the park entrance at the junction of Drummond Road and Bristol Road.
The Green Flag is a national award handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to recognise the very best parks, green spaces and nature reserves. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that Victoria Park boasts the highest possible standards and is well maintained.
Erewash Borough Council secured £740,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund for the restoration of key features within the Green Flag park – including the bandstand, the bowls pavilion, a new pergola and the installation of impressive new entrance gates based on the original Victorian design.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“It is only right we celebrate this amazing result. It is with great pride that we will once again fly the Green Flag above Victoria Park – a fitting tribute to all those involved in working hard all year round to ensure this lovely park is properly maintained and developed. We know local residents and visitors to our borough always find Victoria Park a delight and we remain committed to maintaining the high standards for everyone, both today and for generations to come.”