Published Monday, 24th July 2017

Memorial Park, Redhill has been awarded its first Green Flag award with Priory Park, Reigate also winning.   

Memorial Park, Redhill and Priory Park, Reigate have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as two of the very best green spaces in the world. The parks are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that received a prestigious Green Flag Award– the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Memorial Park reopened in 2014 after large improvement works saw a new play area installed as well as a café, plus a free to use multi use games area and a trim trail. Priory Park has been lucky enough to win the award a number of times.

Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Greenspaces, Cllr Dr Lynne Hack said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for both Memorial and Priory Parks.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining both parks to such a high standard.

“A huge thank you goes out to all the staff involved in maintaining and running such fabulous spaces. We’re really grateful for all their hard work.

“We look forward to welcoming residents and visitors to both parks over the coming summer months.”

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. 

“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people."

See our Parks & Countryside pages for more information on all of our green spaces.