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Mid Sussex parks win four Green Flag Awards for the first time

Victoria Park Green FlagFour parks in Mid Sussex will proudly fly the prestigious Green Flag in 2021, a sign to the public that they boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.

Beech Hurst Gardens and Victoria Park in Haywards Heath, St Johns Park in Burgess Hill and East Court and Ashplats Wood in East Grinstead join more than 2,000 green spaces across the UK to receive the Green Flag mark of quality and will be raising their flags with pride in a year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep. 

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.

High quality green spaces mean so much to local residents, even more so during these difficult times when we really value the time we’re able to spend outside. It’s wonderful that four of our parks meet the Green Flag standard of excellence and these awards celebrate the dedication that goes into maintaining them to such a high level.


Playground improvements

Twineham play areaWe're currently seeking views on the outline design we've produced for improving the play area at Turners Hill Recreation Ground. Improvements could include a new climbing frame, a wheelchair accessible roundabout and resurfacing to make it easier for children with disabilities to get around.

We've heard from a few adults but it would be great to hear from some of the children who will use the playground in the future.
 The consultation closes on 20 January so please visit www.midsussex.gov.uk/leisure-sport/playgrounds/ and encourage your children to have a say.

At the end of last year we completed the playground equipment upgrades at Twineham Recreation Ground and they are well worth a visit if you live in the area. We've removed the old timber climbing frame and replaced it with a new toddler play house with slide and assault course style frame. The new rubber surfacing makes the play equipment easier to access and we've added a picnic table, which was a popular request during our public consultation.

You can keep up to date with all the latest playground plans, including consultations and feedback, at www.midsussex.gov.uk/leisure-sport/playgrounds/ We'll be launching a new consultation on improvements to Forest Fields play area in Haywards Heath so please keep an eye out for that one.
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